Ever since my son was little, he has been a writer. I remember when he was in first grade, he would grab every spare piece of cardboard or used shirt box that he could get his hands on. He would cut them up into pieces of the same size, and write stories. When authors came to visit his school, he was captivated by their writing, and their histories. He vowed in the second grade that someday he would travel to schools and read his books to children. Various goals and dreams came and went. Different “life hats” were tried on. Some were kept, and some discarded. Along the way, he fell in love with non-fiction and switched from fiction to learning about all kinds of topics. He attended college and graduated. At my son’s high school graduation, a wise man told me that my son should always be learning something. Ever since then, my son has and continues to be always learning about something. He has filled notebooks that fill two file cabinet drawers with his thoughts, musings, ideas, etc.
I remember reading that Pat Conroy, a southern author, has a huge collection of handwritten notebooks, too. In the past 3 years my son has written two books. The first was a writing guide for college students. So many of his fellow students asked him for help in writing their papers that he compiled a guide book. (If you know anyone looking for a high school graduation gift, it could help them). http://booklocker.com/books/5307.html
Now, as a teen, he went through a really rough time; really rough. Over the past year, he wrote a book about that—and he published it on Amazon Kindle yesterday. http://www.amazon.com/Almost-Wasted-Future-Changed-ebook/dp/B00CJ1TPAO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367023557&sr=8-1&keywords=almost+wasted+future
I had the privilege of editing his book. The book started out at about 350 pages, but he decided to split it into a series of books and/or blog posts, because there were initially too many topics in his book. Now we all know someone, I am guessing, who has a struggle going on with an adolescent. I believe my son’s book can help some families/teens out there somewhere. I would appreciate it if you could let those people know. there are families in pain who could be helped by this book. I say this because I have walked that walk, and know the helpless, isolated feeling that can accompany these experiences. Let’s help heal the families! He learned through his own treatment and recovery that openness and communication, along with prayer, learning, nutrition, and exercise heal the deepest wounds.
I hope that you can spread the word so that people that need help get it. Besides that, some people may just plain enjoy reading these books, even if they don’t “need” the books.
You see, the past few months he and I have been editing, and he has been doing the re-writes. That plus my students have kept me beyond busy. I appreciate your comments and feedback this year. I have been far too absent from the blogging world. Grateful prayers and thanks to each of you.
It’s nice to get an update, Kate. Congratulations to your son, the writer! 🙂
Thanks, Debra—it’s been hectic but wonderful.
Absent with purpose Kate, well done to both of you.
Thanks Gilly—I appreciate that.-
Kate, the apple truly doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Thanks, dear friend!!
What a beautiful gift to your son – not things, admonishings and such but your time – face-to-face with that someone you love more than yourself. He is so lucky and, yes, you are too. I am proud to know you. I will forward this link to our counselors at the community college where I teach : a lot to be learned here.
gwen—thank you on so very many levels. I know you know my heart—and its path. Thanks for passing the link on to the counselors. I pray that it helps those who need it. I really appreciate it.
What a success story your son is! I can imagine how proud you must be!
Thanks Terri—-our sons have both had some growth lately, haven’t they! So glad to hear of his new job—AND that spring has arrived in MN!
Kate, it is good to hear that Josh and you all are doing well. Perhaps his book will become a best-seller. Now he just needs a good agent! Wishing you the best. Let me know the next time you are in Chicagoland; it would be gret to see you again. Mary
Thanks Mary!! It would be great to see you too!