Write On!

I have always enjoyed writing. In elementary school, my favorite subject was Language Arts. Our teacher was constantly giving us assignments that involved writing on a particular subject. It was my favorite thing to do. I was not writing for a long time after I graduated from high school. I let it go for a number of reasons. Then with a husband and three children, it was hard to find the time.

I passed on my love of words to my children. I spent a lot of time teaching them the fundamentals of reading and writing. I bought lots of how-to books and they had fun playing learning games with me. They were all early readers and started venturing out into the world of writing themselves. When we got our first computer, I started writing again.

My first writing endeavor on the computer was to try and write a Star Trek: The Next Generation Book. I started writing it just after the final episode aired in 1994. It was sort of my way of letting the show 'go on'. Then I read a book I borrowed from the library about writing articles for newspapers and magazines. All I needed was an Idea to begin writing about.

I would like to tell you a story that will explain why I starting writing the articles that I was lucky enough to have published. I have always been a big fan of the American Space Program. So, naturally, when I found out one day that my 8th grader did not know who Neil Armstrong was, it inspired me to start writing about NASA and former US astronauts. I have always been amazed at the amount of useless information my daughter would come home from school with. Finding out that in American History class, she was never told about the historic Moon Landing of July 20, 1969.

I have had a few articles published about NASA and former US astronauts. The following is a list of those articles:

  • "Three Times around the Earth: John Glenn's Historic Space Flight"
    Spaceviews Online Publication Jan/Feb 1998

  • "Dr. Harrison Schmitt And The Flight Of Apollo 17"
    Spaceviews Online Publication December 1997

  • "Rejected and Still Submitting"
    Writers International Forum Magazine Sept/Oct 1996

  • "The Walk Witnessed By The World" - {Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission}
    The New Federalist, Washington DC Newspaper, May 13, 1996

  • "Champions Of The Cosmos" -Tragedy Aboard Apollo One
    The News Gleaner, Philadelphia, PA Newspaper, February 5, 1997

  • "Three Times Around The Earth" John Glenn's Historic Space Flight
    Marine Corps Gazette Quantico, VA. February 1997 - printed an article based largely on research I conducted for the later-to-be-published article

As you can see by my publishing credits, my nonfiction articles have appeared in small regional newspapers. I would like to work as a freelance writer on assignment or a researcher.

One of my other writing tasks has been something that I have had a lot of fun with. I have completed a novel based on Star Trek: The Next Generation. I wrote it as a way to continue the story after the show went off the air. I really enjoyed writing it and it was great practice for me to write fiction, something I hadn't done since high school.

I enjoy corresponding with fellow writers. I have found that by doing so I have been able to gain insight, receive encouragement, inspiration, and friendship from others in the writing field. I have also found that it helps me to deal with the sometimes frustrating and lonely side of the publishing business. I would appreciate any comments, suggestions or advice from others about writing.

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