In second grade, I won a red t-shirt with BOOKWORM across the front of it for reading more books than all the other second-graders in my school.
In fourth grade, I volunteered to work in the school library so I could spend afternoon recess reading.
During junior high school, I walked around with my head in a book like people these days walk around with their noses in their phones.
I still have the journal my Creative Writing teacher gifted me in high school with a written message to keep feeling and keep translating to the page my excellent insight into people's feelings.
It wasn't until I was 26, that I launched my 30-year freelance writing career, with no writing degree, classes, or workshops, only a short lesson from a colleague on how to write a query letter.
My first co-authored book was published when I was 39 years old. My second book was published when I was 41 and I published my first personal essay at 53.
I love all kinds of word games, in paper and electronic forms, but I'm holding out from Wordle, because there is only one available each day.
can't won't stop buying books, journals, and multi-colored pens because each of them give me another unique opportunity to live my passion and inspire others to do the same.