I don't have a degree in literature and I've never worked in publishing. Quite frankly, I had no clue where to even start. This book has been on everything from floppy disk to micro-SD's. Yes, it's taken THAT long!
During the writing process, I can't tell you how many people I've met that have expressed to desire to write their own story. Each time I hear it, I encourage them 100%. Grab a notebook and pen or start a file on your computer and simply start writing!!!
www.FunFloridaMom.com will not be my usual travel blog for awhile but instead be my daily communication for those of you who may want to start writing your own story. I'll come back to it, I promise. THANK YOU to each and every follower I have! I can't express how awesome it is to see where all of you are and taking a peek at MY blog! It's a pretty cool feeling and I truly appreciate your support!
Here's an idea….most of you are visiting my site looking for great things to do on your Florida vacation…you'll need a book to read while sitting by the pool or on the beach. Please keep an eye out for Wisdom and Grace (September 2014).
20 years ago, my mother gave me her journal. A journal of a young teenage girl struggling as a new wife and mother.
The words were personal. They are my life.
Questions were answered. Pieces of the puzzle put together.
After finishing the tattered pages and experiencing a few chance meetings, I knew that others could benefit from reading her words. Whether it's another woman who gave birth and struggled like she did or a girl like me, the baby who was kept, having the opportunity to understand her mother more is priceless. Even the grandmother, shocked by the suprise of becoming a grandparent much earlier than she would have imagined, she may find comfort in sympathizing with her daughter now. Friends of that young girl who may have felt left behind or uncomfortable with their friends new life, hopefully, you'll have a new understanding of what she may have been going through.
It took me years to figure out how to tie two stories together. After going back and forth, starting and stopping, last January, I found the right direction.
In a fictionalized version of my life, Julia, a young flight attendant, is living the life of her dreams. Traveling the world, visiting far away places and destinations she never knew existed. With not a care in the world, she takes as many trips as crew scheduling will give her.
When she's home, it's always a quick hi and bye. Time away from work isn't important to her. In her mind, she's always on vacation.
After an unusually long and eventful trip, she decides to take a week and visit her grandparents cabin in the woods. Her favorite place in the world.
Chapter 2 invites you to Salt Springs. Taking you on the back country roads, most will never wander far enough off the beaten path to enjoy true Florida. Reconnecting with childhood friends, she's reminded of why she loves the forest. Riverside bonfires, spontaneous gator hunts, daylong fishing trips catching bass and blue crab, and of course her favorite, the waters of Salt Springs.
To her suprise, her first love, the boy who's heart she broke before she set off to see the world, is still living there. Will they rekindle an old romance? You'll have to read it to find out. This was one of the most fun parts of the write. My husband keeps asking who "Jake" is…..
All I can say is it's a perfect example of allowing your mind to get lost in your story.