There are really two things you need to know about me.
1. Ever since elementary school I wanted to be a writer. –Yes, I’m one of those. I’m also one of those people who graduated in an unrelated degree, doing semi-unrelated work for a career, forever writing on the side. A few of the more exciting things I’ve done include working in France for a year and volunteering in Armenia for 14 months, just to add some color to the image of me you’re painting in your head. Yes, I do speak nearly-fluent French and enough Armenian to get by. (Once upon a time I was really good at Latin and fair at Mandarin, as well, but those are tales of days gone by.)
2. I contracted a chronic illness in July 2010 which has since left me unable to work.
Every once in a while, life throws us curve-balls or takes us to crossroads and asks us to make a choice. When I broke my foot at 16, I chose to give up ballet in exchange for the time to heal and to focus on school and writing. My sophomore year of college when I realized I was never going to become fluent enough in Mandarin to be professional without going crazy, I switched to French, my hopeless, penniless passion. Now I stand on another threshold, where life is asking me “What will you do?”
My answer? Give my childhood dreams another shot. My illness has stripped me of much that I once had–but I can still write, word by word, drop by drop, puddle by puddle….
No more is writing my side-passion, my shadow. Now it is my sole anchor, my focus, my lifeline.
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