Prompt: What three things bring you joy in life
Number one: Research. I love looking for answers to questions of who, what, when, why and how? Everything I see is a prompt for me to learn more about it. I try to learn at least one new thing each day. I research everything from sex to history to science to fantasy. I believe we are destined to learn new things until the day we die.
Number two: Reading. I read anything and everything I can get my hands on… books, newspapers, magazines, webpages, blogs, cereal boxes… Anything that has print on it will capture my attention. Different genres grab me at different times. Pretty much everything I read will also prompt me to do more research on the topic.
Number three: Writing. From the time I learned to read, I wanted to know where the words came from, how they came together and how to put them together to make stories. I started writing my own stories when I was nine. They weren’t very good, but to my nine year old mind at the time, I thought they were clever and brilliant. It was when I was nine that I also discovered the library and was permitted to walk to the public library by myself. It became my refuge, where I would read, and research subjects and words and stories and then go home and practice my own version of those stories. I took creative writing classes in high school and college and worked on literary publications. I wasn’t always secure about my own writing during those times, but I learned a lot by reading other people’s work.