Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Beginnings Blogfest

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In celebration of L.G. Keltner's celebration of her first blog-anniversary, she is hosting the "Beginnings Blogfest"!  As writers, we can appreciate how important beginnings are.  Everyone has to start somewhere.  Everything brilliant was inspired by some specific turn of events.  In celebration of her first year, Laura is giving everyone a chance to write about a beginning that is important to them!  It's a great idea!

I have decided to write about how I started writing and where my love began.  

Little Light Reading On the Can

It all began as all stories do.  On the toiletYep, but it wasn't one of those awkward moments.  My sister, Stephanie, is two years old than me and my best friend growing up.  I found her notebook on the bathroom floor; the one I was never allowed to read because she said I couldn't.  Like a good sister, I read it anyway.  But secretly.  It was an interesting story about her husband and their eighteen children.  All boys.  (Which is ironic because she only wants one child nowadays - eighteen is crazy!) 

I wanted to be like my big sister.  I went into my room and dug out my favorite notebook, writing in the front cover that no one was allowed to read it.   My first story was awful.  It was called "Rosemary's Child" and about an orphan from Maine who moved to Iowa and lived with a bad foster family.  She ended up living with the doctor who saved her from pneumonia.  Yep, it was bad.  But it was my beginning.

I kept writing and slowly, I think my stories have become better.  I try not to swipe ideas from bathroom stalls anymore, but sometimes the motivation hits.  Also, turns out Stephanie wasn't mad.  She likes to read my stories and I highly value her opinion to this day with what I write.  She's never afraid of a little tough love. 
Me and my big sis (I am the small pudgy one)
Where did you begin?  Was your first story that awful?  

Remember, this is a blogfest! Feel free to "shop" around to the other beginnings and congratulate Laura on her very successful first year! :)   

31 comments:

  1. What a cute story! Sisters are the best! So glad she started you writing :)

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    1. Thanks Jen! Sisters really are the best! :)

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  2. Aww, what a cute story and an adorable pic! I'm really close to my big sisters so I can relate to this. This made me laugh, and your "toilet reading" label is classic. :D

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    1. Thanks Julie! I thought the title was clever. :) I'm glad you are close to your big sisters too!

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  3. That's quite a cool - and slightly bizarre - way to start writing lol! I love that you did it because you wanted to be like your sister! :D

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    1. Lol - thanks Kyra! :) I've always been her little mini-me.

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  4. On the toilet? How funny! I loved your beginning. Thanks for sharing!!

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  5. Great story!

    I don't write fiction now professionally, but all my attempts at it sucked! ;) Well maybe not that bad, but I know what my limits are.

    My first "published" (as in I put it out on the internet for free) game book was well received so I kept on going. I hope I am getting better.

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    Tim Brannan
    The Other Side
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

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  6. I love that it all started on the toilet! That's great. It's also cute that your big sister inspired you. And I agree that eighteen kids would be insane. Yikes!

    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. I love it too! My big sis is pretty awesome, but 18 is way too crazy and this is before that TV show about the family with 18 kids and counting!

      Thanks for hosting such a great blogfest!

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  7. What a lovely pic. And the toilet starting is great!

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  8. You had me at "On the toilet"!! lol, loved it...great post :)

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  9. Really cute that your sister's writing fueled your own!

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    1. Thanks Alex! My bis sis is pretty cool like that. :)

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  10. Cute pic and great story! I also copied everything that my older brother did. At the time, that meant being a veggie and saving the whale. All great stuff, but it would have been awesome if he'd been into writing! I wrote little bits, but not seriously til I was an adult.

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    1. Thanks Nick! Saving the whale - nice! But it sure is good to have discovered writing!

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  11. I wrote my first real story in my diary when I was about 10 - it was quite dreadful. To give you a sense of the style, another diary entry said, "I'm going to write a story and it's going to be called BITTER COLD TERRAIN." Yeah, it was bad.

    Loved the bathroom stall inspiration. Visiting from L.G.'s blogfest - nice to meet you!

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    1. Oo - it sounds bitter and cold and on a terrain... :) First stories are funny!

      Nice to meet you too! :)

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  12. I'm pretty certain my first stories (written as a young teen ) will never see the light of day! And hey, you never know when you might be inspired by something written on a toilet stall ;-)

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    1. I will probably keep that notebook under lock and key so no one reads it. Definitely not for the light of day!

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  13. That's a nice beginning, my sister is the first person who I let read my writing, I tend to trust her critique more than anyone else's, because she's always honest!

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    1. Thanks Laura! That is great you let your sister read your writing! Mine is always honest too!

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  14. Just maybe my first story was a diary about the secret love between me and Donny Osmond ... just maybe....

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    1. Lol - now that sounds like an interesting story! Donny Osmond is quite a man. :)

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  15. A. That pic's adorbz; and
    B. I heart, heart, heart that you "got your inspiration to write" from a bathroom. Dig that! :-)

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  16. I love the pic - and the story! your first story written sounds like a classic! hehe

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    1. Lol - it was a classic fail. I actually might have saved it in storage somewhere. Maybe I'll find it someday and laugh at it. :)

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