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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Well, hello there! My name is Christy Trujillo and it is very nice to meet you! This is my first blogging experience so please, be gentle.

I am a twenty-nine (yes, the big ‘30’ this year) year-old wife, mother and aspiring author. I have completed my first novel and I am now going through a grueling editing process. (Yuck) I love my day job but can’t wait to quit it to stay home and daydream all day! I have a few girlfriends that have stayed by my side through all of life’s little adventures and the most amazing husband a gal could ask for. My son is five, soon to be fifty, and a handful! And that is me in a nutshell.

Today I would like to talk about the art of writing. My day job is a coordinator for a team that responds to bids and proposals for a professional staffing firm. They all have college degrees and take their jobs very seriously, as they should. I, on the other hand, did not go to college and have no professional training whatsoever. I cannot spell and often have trouble with subject/verb agreement. But I LOVE to write. All my life I have loved to write and everything I have learned about writing has been from reading. Reading was a passion of mine as an only child. I would stay locked away in my room for hours, escaping loneliness in the pages of anything I could get my hands on. And then I would write my own stories about my life, things I wanted, and things I longed for. I didn’t think they were great, but I didn’t think they were atrocious either.
Soon after staring at this position, I was immediately put in my place as the ‘dumb’ one. I was the one who didn’t go to college and therefore, was not as good as the rest of the group, the lowly coordinator if you will. Lost in the mechanics of what they call ‘professional writing,’ I gave up and accepted my fate. Then in July of 2008, inspiration struck in the form of a movie poster. (I am not going to tell you which one yet. Our relationship is too new for that.) I had caught the bug again and simply couldn’t stop the words from flowing. By September, I had finished my first novel, Emmy’s Song. It was an error-ridden novel, but a novel just the same. I let an associate take a look and of course, it was slammed. The words are not big enough, your writing is not visual enough, and you are not like me enough! This time, however, I had a lovely woman in my life by the name of Heather Ranes who never let me feel foolish or unworthy and pushed me to pursue my dream. She even helped me get a few freelance jobs! And here I am, it really might happen! I really might publish a YA novel.
So all that being said, what I really want to say to you is, NEVER give up. NEVER let someone tell you that you are not good at something because you don’t do things the way they would. You are the only you in the world and someone, somewhere needs to know you.
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