I started writing in eighth grade when a guidance counselor suggested I keep a journal. I wish I could remember her name now because that advice was some of the best I have received.
I wrote a few diary entries, but more often I found myself writing stories instead, it felt like I was born for it. I had a poem published in the school paper that year. It was eighth grade, so the year was 1990 or 1991, Marion JR-SR high school in Marion, NY.
Life happens, and like many people do, I buried my gifts and desir