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  • March 17th, 2008 | 6:36 AM
New blog in town - Welcome Eileen!

Okay, I admit it, I wish more of my friends blogged just so I could keep up on their lives. We all have such busy days with jobs and kids and households and spouses and gardens and animals and elder care and so many other things that it is hard to catch up on what is going on in their lives or keep them caught up in mine. And though I declared this to be the year to reach out (with joy) and get back in touch with friends old and new (Ally, I promise!) blogs make it a bit easier to feel like I at least have a small idea what is happening in the lives of my friends. I'm not saying that's ideal but I am being honest.

Enter Eileen. Eileen and my husband are best buddies at work. (Some people say in another lifetime they might have been siblings, such is their intensive competitive nature when it comes to cooking.) Since she works in high tech and was (BB - before babies) very focused on building her high tech career, no one could be more surprised than I when I discovered she had a degree from Stanford, in something NOT high tech but in writing! Wheee! She was a fellow creative soul! And not just a writer but also a very talented artist as well. (Her pencil drawings of Rosie are adorable and remind me of something I'd see in Cricket magazine.)

Although she's been blogging for a while about mommyhood she has decided to dip her toes in the LJ water in order to get inspiration and support from all the creative souls we have here. She has a fun alphabet writing exercise you can try based on a class she took on Oulipo. It's a challenge you might want to try. (I gave up long before I made it to X) 

Now she's thinking about her first children's book and I hope you'll all go over and give her some of that beginning writer's support LJers are famous for!
Welcome hulabunny!
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March 17th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for introducing us to Eileen!
Love the idea of an alphabet game . . . I know it's harder than it sounds:).
March 18th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
It was too hard for me but I think it's because I don't let myself be silly. Sigh.
March 17th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Hey Sue,

Thanks for the shout-out. I have already gotten a warm welcome from several of your friends. I feel like the new kid in school being taken around to meet everyone, except without the cool clique dissing my hairstyle.
March 18th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I wanted to give you a chance to get your bearing around here before I started pointing at you. No dissing allowed, except for the stupidheads that don't realize how brilliantly talented we are. :-)

Oh yes, a whole new vocabulary - friend as a very.

I'm looking forward to seeing your creative journey.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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