I’ve always enjoyed writing. In the past I would pick up a pencil and write a few pages and then put it away. As I got older, I’d sit at the computer and do the same thing. I would have no problem having a couple of good ideas, but could never get very far with what I started with. Perhaps a lack of patience.
It wasn’t until 2011, when I picked up the book “Stitched” and came upon random poetry, that I actually started writing regularly. My first attempt was a poem for my wife which was pretty… “unpoetic”.
My most comfortable form I think of as super short stories. Those I probably enjoy the most. I usually have a couple of lines in mind and then just go where it takes me.
To challenge myself, I have recently tried to write poetry in rhyming form. I didn’t like these as much (probably because of the restrictions) at first, but I love the challenge of finding the right words. I am growing more confident with each passing day and am enjoying the rhyming style more and more.
Most of what I write is fiction because I really enjoy putting my imagination to work. Sometimes someone will say something or respond to something I’ve written and it will spark my imagination. I will start with that one line or thought and build around it. So a lot of what I write may seem like it’s from past experiences or feelings but it’s me putting myself in someone else’s shoes.
Dr. Oolie’s Pond was created by my father. He is a retired minister and would use this land of talking animals to get across whatever Bible verse he was discussing during his children sermons.