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Friday, March 13, 2015

Writing is My Passion

Having just finished another session of F2K3 in WVU, I am currently enrolled in another class at WVU (Writers Village University) entitled  F300 Crafting Stories for Children.

Wait? What is F2K3?  I'm sorry. That is a free fictionwriting class sponsored by WVU four times a year.  I have been an intern and a mentor in F2K3 off and on for several years now. I took the class myself many times over the years since my first time back in 1998.

I retook the class this last session as a refresher get back to the basics.  My writing has been on the shelf for quite a while, due to moving, surgeries, illnesses, new grandchildren, my pets, and the demands of a career heading south.

I had to retire from my nursing career, due to my  health and physical impairments, but am not disabled to the point of qualifying for a disability.  So, a friend and I decided to join forces and we opened Eagles Nest Boutique, a little shop on the main street of Clyde, Kansas.  We sell Paparazzi Jewelry & Accessories, Pink Zebra home fashion scents, purses, wallets, scarves, knick knacks, my paintings and drawings, crafts, and home decor items.

I can't say it's been easy.  We almost closed the doors last month, but were granted a reprieve by the landlord, who agreed to work with us on the rent.  So we're staying open for a while longer, and praying that business picks up, so we won't have to close later down the road.

In the meantime, I hope to spend some of my quiet time at the shop on those "slow" days, doing more art and writing. One of my new year's resolutions was to do the things I like to do more often. Enjoy life.

My husband is out working himself half to death just to keep my health insurance paid until I turn 65 in 2016.  I'm already on early Social Security benefits, which aren't making me rich by any means, but it does pay a bill or two. 

I'm praying that our government doesn't steal what little retirement money I have left.  I've had to cash in several retirement funds just to keep the bills paid during our medical catastrophies. I have one left, and I'm hanging on to it with every bit of strength I have left.

Ok, so I'm done whining.

My next post will be a story I wrote a while back.  It's a kind of thriller story I wrote for a flash fiction class.  I hope you get a little chill from it. ;)