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PenningInk


Feb 7, 2010, 9:32 PM

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Let's see...I suppose I fall in the usual...new here, have been checking out the forums for a few days and am intrigued. I like to think I've always been a writer, even if my stints of actually getting pen to paper have been off and on over the years. Journaling, poetry and short stories have always been my outlet in times of need. I currently have several novels at varying stages...most of which are admittedly in the very beginning stages.

As a mother of three little ones and with a husband that's often gone for work (sometimes for months at at time), my writing has been pushed to the back burner over the last few years. I'm currently working on bringing it to the forefront in the hopes of creating a career for myself before all my kiddos are off to school full time.

It's wonderful to find such a supportive, accepting locale as this where writers of such varying accomplishment and direction can gather. Looking forward to seeing all that others have to offer.


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jenniey


Feb 7, 2010, 11:00 PM

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hello and welcome penningink.


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JoanneMerriam
Joanne Merriam


Feb 8, 2010, 9:29 PM

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with a husband that's often gone for work (sometimes for months at at time)

Oh, man. How do you get any writing done at all? You're a miracle! I hope you find what you need here.


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Feb 9, 2010, 9:46 AM

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Welcome, PenningInk.


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PenningInk


Feb 13, 2010, 10:46 PM

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Thanks everyone.

Joanne - there's the rub...sometimes I don't get any writing done at all. Makes for a grouchier Mommy...but if I can remind myself to sit back and look at it all from a writer's perspective it provides lots of material.


writerle


Feb 15, 2010, 12:37 PM

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Welcome!

I can completely relate. I have 5 kids ranging in age from 20 years to 16 months. It can be a challenge writing with children. My writing is very hit or miss too, but if there is a will, there is a way.

I agree that having children can fuel the creative process. Anne Tyler wrote a very perceptive essay on this very topic many years ago. I used it for a lecture I gave in my MFA program.


jamieleighton


Mar 4, 2010, 9:21 PM

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Writerle- which MFA program?

I can also relate. Children-9, 12, 19. Husband. And then there's the stressful day and night job. But who's complaining? Me! I'm complaining.


writerle


Mar 4, 2010, 10:15 PM

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I got my MFA from Vermont College in 2008. I was 6 months pregnant when I graduated. I don't know if I could have done it with the baby. My other kids were all teenagers when I did my MFA. It would be much harder with little ones, but I knew people in my program with very young children, and somehow, they managed.

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