Saturday, March 5, 2011
In A Word: Writing
Writing has always been a passion of mine. I remember sitting in study hall in junior high school writing stories. I could fill pages in a matter of minutes. My teacher would get on to me, saying I was not doing anything constructive, but when I shared the stories and the adventures of each character she left me alone. Although the stories weren't school assignments, they were apparently an exercise of the mind and she considered that a form of study.
I have always loved to read and to write. Literature was a favorite of mine as were the grammar lessons encountered in English class. My junior and senior years of high school were memorable thanks in part (not all) to my English class. We studied authors from various time periods and from locations all over the world. The stories we read were eye opening and captivating. Just this past month I finished reading a beloved classic by Charlotte Bronte; Jane Eyre. I am now reading another of Bronte's novels Villette. They say it was her finest novel. Thanks to the postings of YouTube (yes, there is some good there after all), I have spent the past month or so watching Jane Austen's Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey. Pride and Prejudice was (and still is) a favorite of mine growing up and naturally so was the A&E film starring none other than Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. I hope to find time (if possible) to revisit each of these in book form.
Yes, reading was the launching pad for my love of writing. God blessed me greatly with the love and ability to write and has grown it tremendously over the years. In 1997, I signed on for the very first time to American Online (AOL was not used then...LOL). I discovered a new world of words and a new way to communicate a powerful message to others. God used me to write for His glory and tell others about His Son Jesus Christ on the World Wide Web. I sent out weekly newsletters with Bible studies and devotionals, scripture reading, and humorous stories. The newsletter had several name changes through that time, but has come to rest as Forever In Him, the very blog I have now.
I had dreamed of one day seeing the e-mail newsletter in print as a real publication, but was not able to carry it on. Postings every so often were sent out through e-mail, but that was it. Until just last summer when I came across Ruby for Women an online Christian e-zine. I contributed articles and was eventually asked to serve as assistant editor, which is what I do now. It has been a huge blessing to be writing, editing, and sharing with so many through this magazine. God is moving it in great ways and using it to reach His people. We are currently looking into ways to make this e-zine into a print publication. It's so exciting and I do invite everyone to check it out at www.RubyForWomen.com and www.RubyForWomen.ning.com.