But I don’t drink, so I turned to that sister of creativity, sloth. Well, they look alike.
Don’t get me wrong. When I’m not doing my day job–which is teaching–I write columns and reviews and articles and blogs and lesson plans for lots of people, but what I get little chance to do is
To me, that’s fiction. My novel–a techno thriller–is with an agent and if–WHEN, though I’m realistic enough to know my chances are slim, none and you’re kidding–a publisher arrives, they will make changes. I don’t want my head into a different plot so I am writing everything BUT the sequel.
Thanks to the Universe, I will now be writing twice a month for Today’s Author, a new writer community who’s goal it is to foster creativity “through a healthy and supportive environment which encourages participation via articles, comments, and writing prompts”.
A little more about me since we’re going to spend some time together. I’m a techie geek (if you have computer questions, drop by my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher. Last year, I had almost a million visitors and still answered every question sent my way). I write columns and blogs and reviews for Cisco, Amazon, TeachHub, and a few others and my published tech books do quite nicely. I am a (proud) geek. It provides order, rigor, expectations. I like those.
But I like variety. At Today’s Author, I’ll be contrary, argumentative, sometimes disorganized, maybe analytic and likely opinionated. Writing is my escape. I can lose hours–literally–sitting at the computer. I start with tons of time and end up rushing to finish the last bits before I take my hand off the monkey wrench.
Does that happen to you?
Does a character monopolize your consciousness until their world seems more real than your own? Yes, I see it in your eyes. You have the bug. It is a firewall against boredom. Through its lens, you can be Alexander the Great or the Wimpy Kid. As you come to understand your character, her/his motivations, needs, goals, you find yourself wanting more. And when a topic you spent months researching to get Just Right pops up in the real world, you consider yourself the expert.
Which you are, because you are a writer.
Welcome to my world. I look forward to seeing yours.
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, Technology in Education featured blogger, and IMS tech expert. She is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-6 Digital Citizenship curriculum, creator of technology training books for middle school and ebooks on technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.