This marks the 20th entry for Coffee with Paula and I couldn’t be happier! (Well, you know, if the blog were making millions and I had just gotten the first installment maybe. Ha!) But I’ve learned so much about myself since the first entry, some things I can share, some I can not. But the moments I’ve spent considering my own viewpoints, ideas and thought processes have taught me so much. I really wish mom was here to read Coffee with Paula. She would have been the first to follow and my biggest fan…if she could have figured out where to click. Ha! But let’s face it, if it hadn’t been for her passing, I would’ve kept doing life as I had always done, journaled quietly for only myself to read. So, maybe a special thank you is in order for my sweet mama.
I’ve always loved to write but never considered myself a writer. I suppose I always assumed you had to be employed as a writer to be called as such. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. News flash! People who write are writers, because guess what, they write! Ha! Simple, huh?
I have made the decision to write a book. Definitely fiction. Definitely romance. Mildly steamy, but full of laughter. I want you to burst into an occasional fit of laughter while you read and have people stare at you because they have no idea why you are laughing. Now THAT’s the sign of a good book. Whether it will actually be published and adored by fans, read by ten or read by millions, I have no idea. And that isn’t the slightest bit important. (…well except for the fact that I also want to be a real-deal-making-a-living-from-it writer some day) But what is important is that writing is in my heart and soul and I’m following that dream.
I’ve determined that when thoughts come to mind, I need to write them down. If I can’t write it all down, I need to at least short hand it enough so I can go with it the first chance I get. Electronic methods are wonderful, but good ol’ pen and paper are super important to have in a pinch because electronics can let you down sometimes. And let’s face it, my memory just can’t be trusted. Ha!
I learned, surprisingly, that I can keep a blog afloat…for two whole months! Gosh, I can’t believe two months have passed since the first entry. Time has flown! I worried that topics wouldn’t continue to come to me. (I should’ve remembered, I always have something to say.)
And quite possibly, every 20th entry, I might “address the people”. You know, check the climate and see what is on your minds. See what topics you would like to see more of, which topics are close to you. I want to always be improving as a writer and I think it’s of the utmost importance to know my audience in order to accomplish that goal. And my audience is YOU!
Thank you so much for the support you have shown for the first 20! My desire is that Coffee with Paula will stay relevant, make a difference in someone’s life and most of all…make you think!
Sipping a coffee toast to my wonderful readers! Thank you so much! ~paula