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ABOUT ME

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Me. About me. Well, I am blogging about writing. Blogging about my journey as I write this book that is transforming my life and restoring my faith.

I am writing as a person who really has no writing credentials other than I went to school for Elementary Education and obtained a bachelors in that field. It took me six years and I wrote plenty of term papers during that time. Some were good, some fair, and some freaking terrible, none were fantastic. Writing has become my passion now that I am in my late thirties.

Back to “about me”, it is always uncomfortable, writing a little synopsis entitled “about me”, but I am going to do it anyway. Keeping it simple though, I hope, because I have a tendency to ramble.

My name is Joy and I am, in general, fairly joyful; I am a wife, a mom and a small business owner, I used to care for my Grandpa full time, and then now I am writing about it all. An aspiring author, maybe? I’m not really sure but it is a hobby that I am passionate about, plus I love to write about the experiences in my life. In memoir fashion. Egotistical, self-centered, vain, or even smug, you ask? Perhaps, but what happens when you feel obliged to record the really unusual occurrences in your life? The things that you couldn’t make up if you tried? See, my life is kinda full of those bazar incidents. I think the difference between some writers of the memoir, or memoirist, is how you use your platform. I am being really, very mindful about not using my stories as one big bitch session. Hopefully through these experiences of mine, I can pass on some sort of knowledge that I have learned, assuming that I have learned. Oh man, I hate assuming, with the whole ass outa you and me thing – but I do it anyway and often.

I remember the first time I read a memoir and completely fell in love. I had read the biographies and the autobiographies and they gave me great joy and insight but there was something about the memoir that was – I don’t know – more intimate. Details of a person writing about some instance in their life and the way it made them feel, so you come off the memoir feeling like you’ve known the author for most of your life. Biographies are good but the emotion of it all is usually void since it is about a person from birth to current place and it’s usually someone really famous. You know, a biography is interesting but if you are not – er – like Bill Clinton or his wife Hillary or his daughter Chelsea, well, it’s not so interesting. I’m sure a biography about me would be really BORING, like slit my wrist boring, “Joy was born on a really hot day, a day that you could have fried an egg on the sidewalk it was so hot, in Phoenix.”. No, see, no one wants to hear about my childhood or my adolescent years, or my college daze, or any other period of my life in chronological order. They might be entertained, however, by some of the freakishly peculiar events that have taken place – especially lately.

Hence, my attempt at the memoir. Here is my ride with creating one. My blog is chronicling not only my progress (as well as my lack thereof) but also chronicling my spiritual journey as a human being. It is my return to my faith in God.

So join me on my journey of joy.

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. TheIdiotSpeaketh permalink
    September 27, 2011 7:07 pm

    “freakishly peculiar events”…… Love it! That sooooooo describes how my life has played out thus far….. Your book would start out “Joy was born on a really hot day….”……… mine would probably start out…. “Mark was born an idiot….” Have a great day Joy. I’ll bookmark your blog and pop back πŸ™‚

    • September 27, 2011 7:24 pm

      Hahaha! Thanks Mark, you totally get it, and I’m so glad. Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  2. Rose permalink
    September 30, 2011 1:45 am

    I’m intrigued, like TheIdiotSpeaketh….”freakishly peculiar events.” I will be checking back by to see how the project is going. Thanks, by the way, for checking out my blog!

    Rose

    • September 30, 2011 2:17 am

      Thank you, Rose, for the kind comments! I will be posting from time to time, little snippets from the book. Hopefully it all comes together…and doesn’t fall apart πŸ˜‰

  3. Tammy Holloway permalink
    October 6, 2011 11:08 pm

    You have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! You can check it out here:
    http://tammyholloway.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/the-writechus-blogger-award/

    • October 7, 2011 1:10 am

      Oh wow! Thank you, Tammy. Wow! This really means a lot to me…I will start on forwarding this to others! Thank you πŸ™‚

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. October 8, 2011 11:28 pm

    It is perfectly normal to feel some insecurity about your writing, but keep at it. Some will like it, some won’t but if you continue to work at it every day, you’ll get better and better. I recommend attending writers’ conferences and workshops. Join (or form) a writers’ group. I agree that memoir is a wonderful genre… enjoy yourself!

    • October 8, 2011 11:47 pm

      Thank you Joanna! I really appreciate your comment. It does get better as I continue to blog!

  5. October 10, 2011 5:12 am

    Even though im not an aspiring writier, (im an artist) I totally relate to what youhave written in your “About Me”. I wish you all the very best. πŸ™‚ Reina.x

  6. October 11, 2011 1:53 am

    Thank you, Reina! Thanks for checking out my blog!

  7. Min permalink
    October 17, 2011 3:09 am

    Hi Joy, thanks for visiting my journal!

    You have an interesting writing style. Looking forward to reading more! πŸ™‚

  8. October 17, 2011 3:21 am

    Joy,

    Thanks for stopping by and my blog today. Sounds like I may be just a little behind you in this writing journey so many of us are on. I’ll add you to my follows look forward to what’s to come.

    • October 17, 2011 10:26 pm

      Good luck to you, musings! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Juan Busy permalink
    October 21, 2011 12:38 pm

    “Writing as a person who really has no writing credentials other than I went to school for Elementary Education and obtained a bachelors in that field.”

    That’s perfectly fine. There are plenty of us in the blogosphere who don’t have writing credentials. Haha. As long as we can express ourselves to the best that we can.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! Keep writing!:)

    • October 21, 2011 1:30 pm

      Thanks Juan, I may be rough around the edges but that has most definitely never stopped me before πŸ˜‰ Thanks!!

  10. October 21, 2011 10:49 pm

    Excited to keep reading while you write πŸ™‚

  11. October 22, 2011 5:19 pm

    I’d read “today I tried on shoes at the mall” from you if it was entertaining – which I think it would be.

    • October 22, 2011 5:27 pm

      Ha! Thanks Edward. Last time I bought shoes at the mall It WAS quite a fiasco. The two sales people started fighting about whose customer I was – boy was I scared. I felt like the Bosnian saleswoman lady was going to bitch slap me if I didnt buy them after she won. I even went over to the sweet young man who lost and apologized. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. October 23, 2011 8:03 pm

    Hey Joy, thanks for visiting my blog!

    Your first two paragraphs here could totally be on MY “about me” page! So funny!

    And a comment on the most recent comment: I seriously did read an article about buying shoes in a mall during lunch today! It was super sweet – about a mom and her adopted daughter. Your experience sounds absolutely hilarious!

    • October 23, 2011 8:14 pm

      Ha! That’s awesome, JK. Thanks for visiting.

  13. Schmuckatelli permalink
    October 29, 2011 3:22 pm

    What were writing credentials to Paul Bunyon? I write. I’m good. I found you on-line (plugged in). I like contributing to all your feedback, and it is my hope that we help you grow. Keep on trucking.

    • October 29, 2011 3:32 pm

      Thank you Mayorman! I’m working on it πŸ™‚

      Sent from my iPhone

  14. October 31, 2011 7:36 pm

    Thanks for “liking” my blog post “Things I Learned From Writing”, Joy. I look forward to reading some of your posts as well.

    • October 31, 2011 8:06 pm

      Fantastic, Julie! Thanks for visiting!

  15. November 18, 2011 10:28 pm

    Thanks Joy for stopping by my blog and liking my recent post.
    I, too, am trying to write a memoir. It’s mostly agonizing. I return to the blog because it’s easier, more fun, and I can share my writing without PTSD in the process. Look forward to reading more from you.

  16. November 18, 2011 10:32 pm

    Joy…the comment I just made links to my photography blog, not my taking care of mom blog…I don’t know why…so, if you want to not okay that comment until I figure it out, I’d appreciate it. Thanks for liking my blog and dropping by.

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