Okay, I did it again! I’m participating in the ChristianWriters.com blog chain (see links on the right for the full roll). This may turn into a regular thing, so stay tuned.
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September’s topic is “It’s All About School”.
I had what you’d call a “unique” school experience. From kindergarten through 5th grade, I went to public schools. After that, I was home-schooled until my parents split up, which happened to be in my senior year. Technically, I never finished high-school (there, I’ve said it publicly!) because my parents never ordered my final year’s curriculum, and I don’t have a diploma or GED. However, I did go to college and completed my degree in Journalism.
Having that “unique” experience has definitely shaped me. If I’m not careful, I revert to a hermit state, which is good for the writer, but not so hot for relationships. I hated being home-schooled, and spent much of that time as a hermit, leaving my house for the rare doctor’s appointment, 4-H meetings, to go to the library, and when I was forced to leave by either of my parents. (That’s probably an exaggeration, but not much.)
That alone time coupled with the fact that, since I was home-schooled, I had more time on my hands meant my imagination had a lot of room to roam. Most of my reading material consisted of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, thus feeding my mind with adventurous capers and mysteries, plus a little bit of romance thanks to Nancy and Ned, and occasionally Nancy and Frank Hardy in the so-called “Supermysteries” that were produced in the 1990s.
When the publisher began slowing down their output of the books, I had to do something! I turned to fan fiction. Shortly thereafter, when I realized what was happening and there wouldn’t be any new books, I decided I’d create my own stories and characters. It was in my mid-teens that the character Amanda O’Flannigan was born, who stars in some of the stories I write now. While Amanda was most decidedly a clone of Nancy at the time, she’s changed over the 12 – 15 years I’ve been working with her, becoming more sophisticated and complex. Other than physical looks, she’s nothing like the original I wrote about all those years ago.
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It’s all because of school. Had I not been home-schooled, I may not have discovered my love of writing, at least not so early in my life. So while I still lambaste my own experiences, and I still wish some things had been different, I do have to acknowledge that I may not have become who I am now–a writer–had I not had those experiences.
And you know what? I don’t think I’d change that one bit. Not even if it meant I’d been able to go to a prom, graduate with my peers, be able to go to a high school reunion (which my 10th reunion would have been this year, come to think of it.) I like who I’ve become.
Until next time,