A Muse - Seriously? A Crossroads?

Something I never considered would happen to me!

I was introduced to books from the very tender age of 2-years old by my beloved Mother - yes Enid Blyton’s stories took me on some wonderful adventures.

As I progressed along the journey of life I frequently had aspirations of becoming a journalist or novelist, but regrettably, those dreams remained just that.

Reading has continued to be one of life’s most pleasurable experiences for me.

So, now I’m wondering if perhaps it’s too late, as per the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” – which I seriously must refute, after having taught my late Maltese poodle, Cuddles, then 8 years of age, to use a doggie door.  And so, in having said that, and at the tender age of 39 (or maybe not so tender) after joining Goodreads.com and having recently started writing my own amateur book reviews and creating a Blog, my love for creative writing has returned with a vengeance.

Thus, my own personal Crossroads.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being a wife (of almost 13 years) to my wonderful, selfless husband and being a full-time working mother to a very strong-willed 10 year old daughter and an extremely lively 7 year old son, but after giving this careful consideration, what have I really done with my God-given life?  Besides traipsing half-way across the world and our humble beginnings in a country which welcomed us with open arms and where we have absolutely thrived (albeit with sadness at not having our family around us), I feel that I have not achieved anything life changing and constructive.

So, after doing a lot of “Googling” (gotta love Google) and pounding the pages of numerous websites offering Creative Writing Courses, a request for information from a friend at Goodreads.com (whom I’ve never met but is a kindred-spirit with her love of reading and similar personality traits), as well as a recent post by an amazing Australian author to her FB page requesting information on courses being offered (thank you Brenda and Helene – I’m forever indebted to you), it’s really rekindled my desire in wanting to pursue creative writing with a sense of embarking on an adventure into the realms of the written word.

Not being one of the most patient people around (I am born under the sign of the Bull) – I’m one of those people who expects immediate results - is this a Crossroads that will allow me to finally discover what it is I was meant to do?  And will I also rediscover the dreams of that young girl drifting into slumber whilst riding on the wings of yet another grand adventure!


  1. Good luck to you Marcia! I'm sure you will be a brilliant writer...your reviews attest to that:) Keep the dream, and live the dream..you'll get there, I promise:) xx

    1. Thank you Brenda for continuing to have faith in me and for the wonderful friendship which is blossoming between us - you have no idea what it means to me xo

  2. Good luck with the study! After years away from formal study I also went back to study and while the constant demand it makes is exhausting it is worth it and besides I think study sets a great example for our kids. Sometimes I fantasise about doing a creative writing course, maybe one day.
    I just stumbled across your blog via bookblogs ning I am a fellow aussie so thought I would say hi!

  3. Goodluck with the studies Marcia! It's a great way to get motivated to write and find structure in your writing.

    I'm just finishing up with the Year of the Novel Course' myself and it has been a fantastic experience!


    1. Thanks Jayne - first time I'm doing something like this and really enjoying it.


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