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My Name is Jacqui and I am a Writer

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There. I’ve done it. I told you I’m a writer. Wow. That was harder than it sounds. I’ve never told the world. Most people think I’m a tech teacher or Meaghan’s Mom or Sean’s

Colleague or The Neighbor They Never See. I am all that–don’t get me wrong–but now I’m also

a

writer.

The thing about saying it out loud is, it’s done. I can’t put that toothpaste back in the tube. Now, I AM a writer, no matter how I make money to pay my bills.

It feels good to say it. And after forty+ years of knowing myself, I can tell you it fits. I graduated from college and got an office job and became an office manager, then bought a dance studio–boy that was hard work. 24 hour days and then I lost it to a crook.

Let’s skip that part.

Bruised and battered, but it’s hard to stay down if you’re basically a positive person so I got a husband and an MBA and two children two dogs and a two-story house and a job I don’t remember and then rose through the ranks and became a high-priced manager responsible for installing cell phone antennas on rooves

…then my mom got sick.

And died.

That woke me up. Life is short. I lost my job but I didn’t care anymore. Then my angelic husband got me an interview to teach technology at a local private school which is where I’ve been ever since.

But it’s not who I am.

I am a writer.

I feel it every time I sit at the computer and peck out a character profile and a story arc and find the hook and sit back to see it all explode. That keeps me going. I started writing when I had an unquenchable urge to understand where we came from.

It started one million years ago when no records existed so I had to eke info out of the rocky landscape known as the Cradle of Mankind. Africa. There I met a Homo erectus girl named Lucy and we became friends. She showed me how to survive in a time when thin-skinned, flat-toothed, furless mammals weren’t supposed to. I loved her story so much, I shared it.

Unfortunately, agents didn’t love Lucy.

I tried to forget her as I wrote a more conventional book about terrorists and submarines and bigger-than-life ruggedly handsome heroes. Which is when life happened. My husband lost his job and my kids needed money for college, so I wrote a series of tech books. Those were easy. They were my life. No need to figure out the paleogeology of prehistoric Africa or the machinations of sonar and subs. I thought they’d be work, something to help pay the bills before returning to the stories I loved. But they were fun, also.

Putting words on paper in a way people understand is fun.

I wanted more so I started a blog on technology, then one on writing and science and the Naval Academy and that blossomed to guest posts and ezine columns …and always, the writing remained fun.

Which is when I knew I was a writer. Who else could sit in front of a computer for hours on end with a silly grin on her soul?

How about you?

–reprinted from Write Anything

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. She wrote Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing TeachersIMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller Any suggestions? Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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15 thoughts on “My Name is Jacqui and I am a Writer

  1. After deciding to be more proactive about exploring my writing identity by taking advantage of WordPress’s resources, your blog was the first to pop up when I went on a hunt for Writers’ blogs. And I’m so glad! What a beautiful entry. Uttering the words, “I am a writer,” is one of the scariest and bravest acts one can do, and I am with you in this journey!

    • Thank you, Doris. It IS scary. It took me many years to even whisper to friends that I was writing a novel. What if I fail? And then I realized I can’t fail as long as I’m writing.

      Thanks for dropping by!

    • I’ve never thought of my story as insipration–driven, no choice, obsessed. What I read from many writers. We barely have a choice, do we but to write. Thanks for your feedback.

      I haven’t forgotten about my promise to share how I got into paleo-historic writing for you. I’m intrigued by thinking that through. It may be a few months…

  2. I like reading your blog since apart from the interesting articles I can read through the lines that you are really passionate of what you do… writing. What you do is more than just typing mindlessly on a keyboard. It is pouring your soul onto paper or in a computer screen.

    It takes a lot of courage to continue something you love after it has been rejected countless times, or has suffered many setbacks because it doesn’t fit the norms of some publishing office. I love the fact that you aknowledge your passion and are ready to pull through with it. I believe that if we enable ourselves to follow our passion then we will succeed. There are no failures, only lessons to be learned. And that is was defines us and let’s us grow.

    It is truly motivating to read your blog and what you have been through. Keep up the great work.

    Have an amazing day

    Kierin

    • Thanks, Kierin. I have had my share of rejections. I’ve shelved two books thanks to so many rejections, have a third in the wings and another in draft format. If I could stop, I would, but the stories just keep coming. Luckily, with my kids grown, I have the time.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Jacqui, I’ve read your fiction writing, so I know that you are more than “a writer”. You are an excellent writer. Keep writing and I’m sure you will succeed. And I love your blog, too.

  4. Jacqui, I love Lucy. I remember reading the first submission to the crit group several years ago and thinking that we finally had a gifted writer whose story caught me by the…well, I don’t have them. But your story is so good and I’ve enjoyed reading it. The agents are missing an opportunity and I hope that one of them comes round. I know there’s an audience for this type of story. Many people are fascinated by the idea that millions of years ago a skinny legged creature that was basically afraid of everything in her world found the courage to climb down from the trees and face the struggles head on. And became the first human, a sentient being with intelligence and emotion. Maybe even with a silly grin on her soul as she realized how far down that tree she’d climbed.
    Your personal story is similar to mine but your achievements are commendable. You must not only not sleep, you must be stealing hours from other people. Yes, you are a writer.
    Shari

  5. Saludos, Jacqui!

    How joyous I am with the decision to visit your blog tonight! Arrived after panning the comments on my blog, where I discovered you’d visited and I hadn’t read your comment to respond—being I was caught up on the “what I need to do before the tidal waves hit” blues. Thank you kindly for the visit!

    Being your site is a wealth of information, I am ever the Happy Reader while here. And this time, your confession “I AM A WRITER” echoed in my soul. I glowed, thinking, so am I. Most importantly, I, too, will confess it tonight…on my social media sites. Muchas gracias. To see the words, even yours, let alone speaking them, lifts my spirit.

    As for my Wanda B. Wonders series, if you’ve gotten your Kindle copy of “Wanda B. Sings the Bailout Blues,” I must ask, “How does it look on your e-reader?” In my opinion, it just didn’t seem to have converted well from Word to Kindle on my desktop Kindle App.

    If it looks an absolute mess, tell me. Please. My spirit is open to attracting the best e-book converter, which is the second reason why I am visiting tonight. Are you familiar with Folium Book Studio? It is a studio and designer website that offers an e-book conversion tool for $99 per book. You own all rights to your e-book and garner all sales. Comparatively speaking, their website juxtaposes Folium with Smashwords, Kindle, Sony and other digital sites to melodious Folium tunes! Check them out at http://www.Foliumbookstudio.com.

    Back to my original question: How did my e-book convert? If not good, I will send you a free hard copy of the book, as I really want you to meet Wanda B. Wonders. (smile) And that is with or without a Jacqui Murray review, even as I flip my frown into a slow smile.

    If you should visit the Folium site, please share your technical/professional opinion about whether or not it would make a great investment for a writer interested in launching only e-books, until her traditional publishing cruise liner sails in.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Wishing you bestselling blessings,

    Claudia

    p.s.

    Thank you for an insider’s view of Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Contest! I appreciate your presence in the world. And I look forward to sharing the glad tidings of Lucy on the bestseller lists one day soon!!! Keep on keeping on!

    • I’ve had trouble, too, with conversions for Kindle. Usually, it’s because I have too many pictures or tables so I have to be careful. My all-text books convert fine. I assume your book as pictures–?? I haven’t tried any of the paid conversions. I tried to hire someone, but she said mine was too complicated! C’est la vie.

      I’m going over to Twitter to see what’s on your mind now. Thanks for dropping by, Claudia!

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