Wednesday, December 4, 2019

IWSG: When I Grow Up . . .



Welcome to the first Wednesday of the month. You know what that means! It's time to let our insecurities hang out. Yep, it's the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop.

If you're a writer at any stage of career, I highly recommend this blog hop as a way to connect with other writers for support, sympathy, ideas, and networking.

If you're a reader, it's a great way to peek behind the curtain of a writing life.

The awesome co-hosts for the December 4 posting of the IWSG are Tonja Drecker, Beverly Stowe McClure, Nicki Elson, Fundy Blue, and Tyrean Martinson! I hope you'll check out their blogs as well as some of the others on this blog hop after you see what I have to say.

December 4 question - Let's play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?
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I've always had a lot of dreams about what my life would be like when I grew up. If you went back and talked to six-year-old Samantha, you'd have heard about the giant house she'd have on a cliff above a raging sea, with a tower room where she kept her art supplies and dancing shoes. The gardens would rival the ones I'd seen at Biltmore that one time on vacation and there would be a waterfall in my backyard.

I planned to finance all that by being a teacher, which shows that I didn't have much of a practical understanding of money, but was full of optimism. That's probably still true to some extent :-)

I wasn't much older than six when I decided I'd be a writer, too. Of course, my dreams about how that looks have changed a bit since then. 

When I was a kid, I imagined that a writer spent all her time walking around in long sweeping dresses across gloomy landscapes (like a Brontë sister), then went home and wrote passionate poems (like Emily Dickinson). I didn't spare a moment imagining how this writer bought her pop tarts and hot chocolate. I probably thought my mom would keep taking care of that for me. 

Now, I'm closer to living the dream of my writing life than I have ever been. I've had my first taste of success with three of my novels accepted for publication. They sell at least a few copies every month and I get invited to author events several times a year.

I'm a "real writer" by nearly anyone's estimate and I have to say it feels good. I write every single day and I get my words into print regularly. I'm more confident in my work every day, and know I'm building a career that will see me through to the end. 

My imagination, at least when it comes to imaging my own future, doesn't run as wild and free as it did when I was six. Even my "crazy dreams" are a little more realistic. They are possible, at least, even if they're unlikely.  

I imagine the Menopausal Superheroes getting picked up by Netflix and made into a series with Kathy Bates and Helen Mirren in the cast. It's a huge hit of course, and Hollywood realizes that there's a huge market for stories about strong women of all ages and they've been missing out on millions of dollars by only marketing to and casting the young.
(Menopausal Superheroes as drawn by Charles C. Dowd)
I get more offers than I can find time to fulfill to write more stories. I make so much cash that I send my second daughter to college without borrowing any money and pay off everything I borrowed for the eldest! I take my husband and family on wonderful trips to all the places we've always wished we could go see. I drive a car during the same decade it was manufactured!

Ellen DeGeneres calls and I charm everyone with my genuine awkwardness in my stint on her show. I use the opportunity to raise money for my foundation that sponsors women creators to produce the work they were meant to make. My foundation frees thousands of women from the struggle of making ends meet and their creations change the world for the better. 

I still teach, because I love teaching, but I do it part time, only for students who care about learning what I am trying to teach. I still write every day, because that's the fun part. How about you? What do your dreams of superstardom look like? 

22 comments:

  1. And you know what. Dreams do come true. Love your post. I'm a retired teacher, and now I write. Never give up. Have a great day.

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    1. I hold onto "retired teacher" as a future for me, too. I know I enjoy my short stints as a full time writer during school holidays!

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  2. Love Helen Mirren. My MMC's mother in a romance novella series is based on her.

    Six year old me would've answered just being a published author. Over the years I've added more to the dream. Making a living off writing, selling my stories by the thousands, hundred-thousands and getting offered a movie deal. Even if it doesn't go through, the fact that someone or company wants to adapt my story into a movie or series would be a huge high for me.

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    1. Making a living off my writing is the bottom line for me, too. I work so hard and the ROI isn't there yet, at least not in dollars. But I love it too much to quit.

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  3. I'd watch anything that had Kathy Bates and Helen Mirren in it!

    When I was younger, I used to say that I was going to be a teacher and live in a condo in my hometown. With an imagination like that, it's probably incredible that I grew up to write books. :)

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    1. Me too! And LOL--those are awfully realistic dreams for a 6 year old!

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  4. It sounds like you are living your dream, though of course we all dream for more. I still dream of writing every day or almost that much.

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  5. I don't think I ever thought about my future that way when I was a kid. If I did, the most it was was me owning a bunch of horses because I was obsessed with them. lol

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    1. I can see that. I've always been happiest in my own room, so it makes some sense that I'd spend a lot of timing dreaming about what my home would be like :-)

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  6. Art supplies and dancing shoes. What else does a person need? hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  7. Love your childhood dream of a room in a tower. :)

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    1. I do have an upstairs bedroom as an office now, so maybe that counts?

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  8. What a wonderful dream, Samantha! I hope every bit of it comes true. As a young Canadian girl of five, I dreamed of marrying Prince Charles and becoming a princess. But very soon after, I had switched to paleontologist and writer. I ended up with a relatively short career in petroleum geology until the big crash in the early 80s. Both my husband and I were in oil and gas, and we decided I should go back to university and join the family business ~ I became the 8th generation of teachers in my family. Good thing too, because overnight my husband's company literally vanished with no warning. I indulged in my love of paleontology by volunteering in a fossil lab at at a museum. I loved being a teacher, but I am enjoying being retired and finally being able to write. All the best to you in pursuing your writing dreams!

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    1. Thanks so much! And I'm glad to hear from a fellow teacher who's making a writing life in retirement!

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  9. Dang, I like your dream! Your reality doesn't look too bad either. And I really, really need to look up the menopausal superheroes!

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  10. I would definitely keep my Netflix subscription going if they picked up Menopausal Superheros! What a cool concept. Congrats on the success of publication. I hope each day brings you closer to your dreamscape - which sounds amazing.

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    1. Thanks so much. From your mouth to producer's ears!

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  11. All your dreams sound great, Samantha, from the six--year-old writing den to your appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show. And with three novels published, keep dreaming and achieving. P.S> Netflix is the way to go.

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to get Netflix looking at my work!

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