I am a city mouse become a country mouse. I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, USA and I miss my family there.
That said, I live in a beautiful place, Mt. Shasta, CA. It is in the northernmost part of California. The mountain is 14, 179 feet at its highest elevation. It is a tourist mecca in the summertime and considered a sacred site. Once the snow begins to melt at the higher elevations, beautiful springs, meadows and lakes are accessible for hiking and swimming.
Two reasons that I left San Francisco…one was that I was leaving a thirty year marriage and wanted to put physical distance between the old life and the new one. The second reason was because I wanted to take myself seriously as a writer. I had been keeping journals for many years. I also wrote poetry. I actually recited my poetry publicly in cafes and bars around San Francisco before I moved.
Arriving in Mt. Shasta, I was soon involved in local poetry circles. Before too long, I crafted creative writing workshops around poetry. These expanded into themed creative writing workshops employing both prose and poetry. The popularity of these workshops grew locally (to my amazement!). At first, I offered them for donation only and then, at the advice of friends, I began to charge a nominal fee.
Simultaneously I worked on various ideas for books. These haven’t come to fruition yet.
However, the creative writing workshops were a surprise hit! And I found great joy in sitting in writing circles (mostly women participants and a few daring men).
Then my aging parents needed extra care. They lived one hour south of Mt. Shasta. I made regular trips weekly to assist them. They were high maintenance by this time in their lives. I put the workshops on pause to be of service to them.
Though I haven’t (yet) returned to facilitating writing workshops, I’ve decided to start a blog and offer a sample of process-oriented creative writing to those who have dreamed of writing and haven’t known how to begin.
Wishing you, the budding writer (and the established writer) a fun journey with me.