Monday, 15 July 2013

Hello World, I'm Jill P!

My name is Jill and I'm here to share my writing with the world! I don't want to say that I'm one of those people that have been writing since they could hold a pencil...but I kind of sort of have. I enjoyed reading and writing little stories for myself very much and kept it up as a daily habit. Then one day...I stopped writing. I don't know why. Maybe I had run out of things to say, maybe the discovery of tropes and clich├ęs put a damper on things. Maybe even knowing that others had already covered similar themes did my motivation in.
Then I took a class on literary narratives a couple of years ago. The teacher was awesome. His schtick was to be a crusty old guy so the younger students would be interested. He was weird and it was wonderful. Once, to demonstrate spontaneity, he "accidentally" stapled his finger, which sure got the attention of the class pretty fast. I wrote an essay for a class assignment and found that I still loved the process. Really write (I got an A+). And enjoy it again!
Once the class ended, my husband, Jack, and I went on a two week trip to California. It was amazing! We saw so much and the time away from our daily grind was so refreshing. I took along my Kobo and read a short story collection by one of my favourite writers - Philip K. Dick. Some I even read out loud to Jack as we drove six hours from North to South. Somewhere along the way, along those rolling California hills, I realized that there were no stories like these with women in them. While Jack slept in (I'm an earlybird), I quickly made friends with Evernote and SwiftKey on my smartphone and started four of the five stories in my first book - Watch Out For Warden. By the time we returned home, all they needed was some polish. While on one journey, another journey began right after. You'll hear more about it, trust me!
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