My Story

I was completely word smitten by the age of three. I remember sitting on the floor and reading the headlines on the back of my father's newspaper. I remember sounding out the words because I seemed to know, perhaps by instinct that letters had sounds. I used to enjoy reading road signs as we traveled by car. I read signs in stores. I loved signs. But it wasn't until I was in third grade that I learned something very important. I was a writer. Here's what happened. 
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Mrs. Nichols (best teacher ever!) asked us to write a story. I wrote a story about Martians who came to earth to knock over Fort Knox because apparently, Martians eat gold. Who knew? Mrs. Nichols enjoyed my story so much she asked me to go to each classroom in the school and read my story. Now back in those days we wrote with pencil most of the time. We didn't have computers. And also back in those days I had terribly sweaty palms. We're talking Niagara Falls here. So, by the time I made it back to the classroom I had handled my story so much and was so nervous that I sweat  the story away. It was gone. Nothing but  gray smears that reminded me of storm clouds. I cried. I just sat at my desk and cried. But Mrs. Nichols was smart and caring. She told me that my story was not gone forever, that it had blessed many people and then she looked me in the eyes and said, "Joycie (everyone called me Joycie back then) you have been gifted. Gifted with words. And that was when I knew without an ounce of doubt that I was a writer. The rest they say is history.

That's how and when my love affair with words and stories started. But here's the thing, I also read--a LOT. I read every thing I could get my hands on. And if anyone were to ask my my best advice for people who want to be writers, that's it-READ. Oh, and Write. Write and read everyday, unless you're on a really cool vacation but then again, the funny thing about writers is, we are always writing.

Her are ten things you should know about me.

  1. I have never eaten a scallop
  2. I once broke both my arms at the same time
  3. I have three kids and three grand kids, a cockatiel, and two neurotic parakeets
  4. I hate mayonnaise--never serve it to me, please.
  5. I once worked as a dog groomer for a very short time--like one day.
  6. My mother lost her job because she "gave away military secrets".
  7. I once won a year's supply of chocolate for writing an essay.
  8. I don't really like to fly, especially take offs. Landings are okay. But take offs scare me.
  9. I like to play video games.
  10. My name backwards is Ningam Ecyoj. I like it. Rather exotic.

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