About this Blog . . .
This blog is the first step in my journey as a writer, and I’ve decided to write it for several reasons. First, I’d like to document my novel writing and creative journey for my own reflection on this process as I’ve never done anything like this before. Second, I’d like to connect with other writers and creative people or even with other people who, like me, have spent years trying to figure out what they want to do when they grow up, even though they may be like me, all grown up, chronologically at least. Perhaps by recording my journey with the fears, struggles, and even (hopefully) triumphs, it will encourage them to follow their hearts. And finally, I want to take ownership of the incredibly powerful sentences, “I am a WRITER!!” and “I am creative!!” In order to do that, I need to share my writing and my creative endeavors through writing. The easiest way to instantly share one’s writing, to “be” a writer, is to blog. So, here I am!! I plan to post at least twice weekly throughout this project.
How does one define oneself? For years the past 40+ years, I have been “Mom” to my children, Mrs. Isaman to my students, any number of endearments to my husband, “Amy” to friends and family, and various other nicknames my big sister has spent her life concocting, but now, I want to be a writer, so I am . . . Amy Isaman, Writer (I figure the more I repeat this, the better). Currently, I work full-time teaching High School English and AP Psychology. I also advise the most amazing group of teen writers through the Creative Writing Club at our school. I have also recently launched (with these amazing students) http://www.whereteenswrite.com. It’s an experiment, but one that I’m pretty excited about. I have a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s Degree in the Humanities with an emphasis in Literature.
I spend my days teaching teens how to write and speak which can be either highly rewarding or horribly grueling and depressing depending on the day (think Shakespeare+15 year old). I am an avid reader, quilter, and scrapbooker. (Yes, I make books documenting every moment of my children’s lives, and someday they will hopefully thank me for it!) I’m married to my high school sweetheart, the love of my life, and we live with our children, two of the most amazing teenagers on the planet (most days!). They make my life a full-fledged super fun adventure!