“Look class, LeeAndra got an A+ on her report on the bumble bee!” My third grade teacher exclaimed. The entire class unabashedly turned to me, as children will do. I looked out the sea of blinking eyes and felt like I was on stage. Like I had just received a great award. In a way, I had. The first thought that popped into my head was, “Wow, that was easy. I should be a writer.” It was a flippant remark by an elementary child, but the simplicity of the thought stuck with me. From then on, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would answer: a writer.
I kept that bumble report for many years as a reminder to keep going after what I wanted, not that writing was easy, but it was just that simple. Follow your dreams. Hone in on a talent or passion and keep crafting it. Ellen DeGeneres said that if you keep at something long enough someone will either pay you do it or pay you not to do it.
I guess I’m finally grown up, because I can officially say, I’m a legitimate writer. Last month, I signed my name on the dotted line and will officially have my words published as a real book. The story you have all been following in these blog posts will be available to read in November. (Now you might understand my prolonged absence from the blog–I am in heavy editing mode. Deadlines are a bitch!)
I can’t thank all of you enough for following along, commenting and supporting me in telling this story. I will keep update the progress of the publication as things happen. But, be ready for November–and never give up on your dreams.