Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wait a minute. Hold the phone. You write?

I know some of my friends and family are asking themselves right now, 'How come I never knew Shelly was a writer?' And some of you are saying, 'Oh man, if I could just get Shelly to stop talking about her stories.' And some of you are saying, 'Oh man, how do you get Shelly to stop talking?' (There are actually more of you out there than you might have known- can I suggest a support group?)

For those who want to know a little more about my secret life as a writer, here goes:

I've been writing since I was 5 years old. It was really hard for me at first. Sometimes my letters were backwards. Sometimes I got that callous on my middle finger from my pencil. And sometimes, just sometimes, I wrote a word all by myself with no help. Skip to college and I stopped getting that pencil callous (thanks to computers), I spelled almost everything correctly (thanks to spell check), and nearly everything I wrote was research papers (thanks to my degree in history.) When I left college I stopped writing (ha-ha-ha, writing is like talking- I NEVER STOP!)

But I didn't dip my hand into writing fiction for a long time. I don't know about you guys but I have things in my life, I'm pretty sure I'm not very good at. In that category fell poetry, songwriting, and storytelling.

But one day, I was melancholy, missing my nieces and nephew who lived on the other side of the country. In my funk I had a brush with inspiration. I could write them a story with their names in it. Then they would know that I love them and maybe it would make me miss them less.

And that's how I got the bug.

If any of you want a taste of what I write, I'd be honored to send you a short story for your perusal.

In the meanwhile thank you for your support


  1. This is exciting for me because I love to read!

  2. Connie, I love the stuff you read. That's why you're one of my favorite Goodreads friends :)

  3. dude, I would totally be willing to read your works. diannemowens at gmail dot com.

  4. Send me whatever you want to share! (marchelle dot guidry at gmail dot com) I promise to not only read it, but leave my high-school-English-teacher-self by the wayside. ;) So, no, I won't grade it and send it back!
    I'm so excited for you and your venture, and I'll be waiting for that published, hardcover book when your compilation of stories has been selected!

  5. Hi, Shelley! Found you! Welcome to the wonderful world of writer-blogging. :)

  6. Me me, I want you to share with me, please!
    cdutttonjones at gmail dot com

  7. Shelley, you never said how the nieces and nephew liked the story! I am sure they loved it if it inspired you to keep going.

    (Going through the last 30 days of blogs on Google Reader... so sorry for the comment being a bit late.)


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