I am an emerging freelance writer with a unique voice and varied interests.
This past New Year’s Eve, someone asked me if there was one thing that I’d always wanted to do but never had. I told her that I’ve always wanted to be a writer.
“Do you write now?” she asked. When I told her no, she said, “Well, that’s a problem.”
The next week I started a blog called BoilsDown.com. I chose the name because the term “boils down” means to simplify or reduce to the essentials, and that is what I’m trying to do. I had written a eulogy, love letters, thoughts about my children’s births, worries about life. Now it was time to at least try to follow the secret dream I’d been carrying around since the 4th grade.
I’m starting this game later than many; I’m 38. But I’ve lived a life. I’ve been a teacher, a stay at home parent, I owned an Etsy shop, I taught myself to be a seamstress. I’ve traveled and had great losses (and great victories); I’ve formed a community of friends in a new hometown. I understand people and motivation and passion and fears and what drives people together and apart. I’ve a lot to write about now that I wouldn’t have if I had started out at 21. When I was 21 I may have only written about my struggle to find the perfect fitting jeans and a nice husband. I found the husband; still looking for the jeans.
I find time to write every day, and although not everything I write ends up on Boils Down, I learn more about myself as an author and a person when I spend time with a pen in my hand. As a wise person recently told me, “You’re writing about what you know,” which right now centers on education and the path we are taking with our children. I’m thrilled to have an article published in The Washington Post, and several education journals for parents and educators of gifted children. I also frequently post on The Synapse, an education blog on Medium.