Is There Life Before and After Writing?

Growing up I was always shy, quiet and stayed to myself. My mother never had to entertain me or worry about me being bored. I had plenty to do and that was without any of the technology that we have today! You are asking, how old are you? Well, not too old, but old enough to remember a time when life was different and not so complicated by all the techno stuff.

What did I do to keep busy? I wrote poetry, read books, and dreamed of faraway places and what I would do there, where I would go, and what I would see. I also sat by the window and watched the birds while listening to my trusty radio and sang along with the likes of Debbie Reynolds (may she RIP) sing Tammy. I know many of my young readers don’t know who Debbie Reynolds is or anything about the song. It was a dreamy song telling about a girl named Tammy who was in love. As for Debbie Reynolds, she died in 2016 the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leila, from Star Wars. Now you know who she is! Ha! I wanted to be a singer/actress like Debbie. But instead I became an author and create stories where people can be anything they want to be.

Here’s a photo of Debbie and some info from online.

Mary Frances “Debbie” Reynolds was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian, and mother of the actress and writer Carrie Fisher. Wikipedia
Born: April 1, 1932, El Paso, TX
Died: December 28, 2016, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Height: 5′ 2″
Cause of death: Brain haemorrhage
Spouse: Richard Hamlett (m. 1984–1996), Harry Karl (m. 1960–1973), Eddie Fisher (m. 1955–1959)

Here’s the song, Tammy, sung by Debbie Reynolds. Enjoy!

Oops, sorry for digressing a little. I was happy in my own little cocoon writing, singing, reading, and imagining. That was when my creativity began. I knew I wanted to write, sing, and create stories. I dreamed of being a famous author one day. I am still dreaming about that and working on it diligently.

Well, I didn’t become a famous singer but did sing for a short time in a chorus, part of the international Sweet Adoline’s Chorus. We sang acapella which is without music just using our voices in harmony. It is beautiful! I had to leave due to problems with my eyes and driving at night. Which I still have but need to avoid night driving to be safe even after cataract surgeries. My vision is great though otherwise.

I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t used my creativity back then. Most children made up their own games and played outside. I did too from time to time when my mother kicked me outside to get some fresh air. I did the same thing to my own children, encouraged then to go out and play in the yard.

Writing has always been one of my loves next to reading and singing. Is there life before or after writing – I don’t think so! LOL! I can’t imagine a day without writing in some form either blogging, working on my books or just answering emails. I feel alive when I write and find my mind sparking and raring to go full speed ahead.

As long as I have some strength in this body to type I will continue on this road to writing, publishing, creating more stories. I hope you will come along with me. More books coming this year and beyond!

What are your thoughts on writing? Is it as important to you as it is to me? Are you an avid reader? Do you review books? (I pray that you do! We authors love reviews!)

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with all year through!

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Blessings & Hugs,


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 38 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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20 Responses to Is There Life Before and After Writing?

  1. colinandray says:

    I too love writing, and I too remember “Tammy” (and “Red Sails in the Sunset” and other popular songs). Writing, to me, is a release of creativity which develops value as I see it growing. Having a book published was exciting because that book was me, and is tangible evidence of me! Having positive reviews is the proverbial “icing on the cake” because after putting my heart and soul into writing it, pleasure has been derived from it by others. Writing for oneself can have merit, but is it anything more than literary masturbation? Writing and seeing others get pleasure from it is surely the ultimate goal. 🙂

    • jjspina says:

      Yes, I agree about seeing others enjoy our books and derive pleasure from reading them. But even if I couldn’t sell anything at all I would still write — for me! It has become ingrained in me to express myself by writing. What I can’t express by talking I can express in writing. Thanks for stopping by. 😃

      • colinandray says:

        Interesting that you can express in writing, thoughts that cannot be expressed by talking. Logically there is no language issue because if you can write it, then you can “talk it”. The situation would therefore appear to be not that you cannot express yourself vocally, but rather you are choosing not to. When you have some space in your daily routines, you may wish to contemplate, in writing, why you are not comfortable expressing yourself by talking. It may not only give you an additional perspective to contemplate, but may give you a reason to breakdown that particular “wall”. Just thinking.

      • jjspina says:

        I have to laugh about that. My husband can tell you differently. He thinks I never shut up. Like you said, sometimes I prefer to express myself on paper and not verbally. There are times that I get sick of hearing my own voice too! LOL! Thanks for your thoughts. 😃

  2. I was a wild child. I wonder if my three older brothers had something to do with it. However I also perused the world of books and loved the stories. My mind would travel far. I then realized outside my cocoon was a world vast and large and ready to be embraced.

  3. I was like you as a child, and found it easy to entertain myself with my own imagination. I really have been writing since I learned how to, and will write until I can’t any more.

  4. A lovely post, Janice. I remember that song, of course, and Debbie Reynolds beautiful voice. I think many writers share that experience of finding themselves in the imagination and our expression through words. My utter obsession with writing has smoothed out some, so it fits into my life a little better, but I know writing (and reading) will always be part of my life. 😀

  5. macjam47 says:

    When I was young I was a huge fan of Debbie Reynolds and that song always played in the back of my mind. This was a lovely post, Janice. It is always nice to learn a bit more about you. Hugs.

  6. Jennie says:

    A wonderful post, Janice! The imagination is far better than technology. Thank goodness I can give my preschoolers the environment we had growing up. I loved Debbie Reynolds, too. “When the old hooty owl hooty hoots from above. Tammy, Tammy, Tammy’s in love.” 🙂

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  8. dgkaye says:

    I love your passion and enthusiasm Janice. You’re such a bright light. And I have to say what I say to people who talk about retirement: As writers and authors, we don’t get to retire,:) ❤

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