Is There Life Before and After Writing?

This is an old post from 2016 that I wanted to share again. I still feel this way about writing and can’t live without it even for one day. How do you feel about 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.

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Blessings & Hugs,



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 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 36 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 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel 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 a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, 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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9 Responses to Is There Life Before and After Writing?

  1. Darlene says:

    I loved Debbie Reynolds as well and had her picture hanging in my bedroom. Growing up on a farm with no TV meant I had loads of time to read books and write stories. It was a long time later that I started writing for publication but I’m so glad I did. It is a great thing to do once retired as it keeps you busy and your mind active. I plan to write until I drop.

  2. Mae Clair says:

    I’ve loved writing and reading books from the time i was in grade school. And when the weather was warm, I couldn’t wait to get outside and play with my friends. Those were the days of running through fields of tall grass, chasing fireflies, and playing hide and seek at dusk. I’m glad I didn’t grow up glued to a computer or video games. A lot of that roaming outside is what sparked my imagination for stories—along with all the cherished reading I did.

    Lovely post, Janice.

    • jjspina says:

      How wonderful, Mae! I did the same playing Red Rover, Red Light, and had my jar full of fireflies that I caught then let them go. All kids should be outside more and be able to create their own games. Great for the imagination! Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by! 🤗

  3. A lovely post, Janice. I also wrote poetry and kept a diary when I was a girl right up until my first year out of school. Then I stopped it all until three years ago when I started writing poetry and children’s books with Michael.

  4. A lovely post, Janice. I also wrote poetry and kept a diary when I was a girl right up until my first year out of school. Then I stopped it all until three years ago when I started writing poetry and children’s books with Michael.

  5. Jennie says:

    I just loved this, Janice! Debbie Reynolds was my idol, too.

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