Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka everyone!
One of my good friends just discovered my blog. She came up to me at church and said, "I can't believe you blogged on vacation!" like it was the lamest thing in the world. She also said, "I would never have time to blog every day!" Again, lame-o, get-a-life implications.
To that I say, "I blog, therefore I am."
Which is to say, "I write, therefore I am."
Which is to say, "I breathe, therefore I write."
I write like my MIL talks. I can't stop. The words just tumble out. It's my air. It's the only time the heaven's open up for me. It's my grail.
So a big MAHALO to all of you friends, fans and followers who read me and appreciate the air that I breathe and feed my dream and pat me on the back for dreaming it. I send you all glittery, magical Christmas wishes.
A special thanks to my BBFF, Lisa the Funny Farmer, for discovering me on Mormon Mommy Blogs and telling me I was going to be a star. And thanks to my brothers, Stephen and Eric, who read me daily and tell me I'm brilliant and funny and mentally unstable.
But mostly a big mahalo to my CWT (my creative writing teacher) who first told me I could write and that I have things to write about and who still encourages me today.
One of the things my CWT always encouraged me to do was PUBLISH, PUBLISH, PUBLISH. He once gave me an assignment to submit a story for publication to a magazine. I submitted a Christmas story to the New Era.
Ten years later I got a check in the mail for $1.50.
Ten years after that I got a phone call from my sister. She was screaming her head off so I could barely decipher her words, but it was something about her visiting teacher had just come over and read her a story from the New Era that sounded startlingly familiar. Sure enough it was my story.
Once I scraped my chin of the floor I screamed my head off too. (And then I felt famous for a second.)
I thought I'd share it with you (since it's Christmas and since I want to feel famous again for a second.)
Click here to read my New Era Story.
And don't forget to have a Merry Christmas!