My work is almost all done at a computer. I write my blog and my books, work on marketing and promotion, from my laptop at home whilst I am raising my children. I work between activities with my children and jobs around the house, starting whenever I get up, usually around 5. Because of this Miss Rose is used to seeing me sitting at the computer.
“What are you writing?” she’ll ask me.
When she turns on her Kindle and sees my books on the bookshelf she gets thrilled, often opening them and looking at the words and telling me I wrote it. When I tell her I’m writing a blog she asks what it’s about, always grinning ear to ear if I say it’s one about her.
She started “writing” in her My Little Pony notebook. Scribbled swirls and spikes with different coloured pens she declares are chapters of her book or articles in her “blod”. I love it. She’s emulating me, which is adorable, but mostly because this is where it starts. This is where the love of storytelling and words begins and she’s discovering it now.
Today she told me she wants to write a real blog. She wanted a blog on the computer like my blog. She wanted to write “Rose’s Blod”.
Whilst she was at nursery I set it up. She loves rainbows more than anything so I made her a logo with rainbow coloured roses.
I named it Rose’s Blod for her because that’s what she wanted to call it. Her little speech impediment is so much part of how she speaks that it made sense that if she’s going to be speaking through the computer then that should be shown. Plus it’s bloody adorable. I set it up through my own website and made an “About” page to explain what would be going on.
Then I waited until she got home and I showed her. She was ecstatic.
The first post I typed and she dictated. She told a story about butterflies. We added photos and then posted it. Her very first blog post. A story she shared with the world.
Almost immediately a friend posted a comment, complimenting her words.
That was it. She was bitten by the bug.
I am so happy for her. Writing, both fiction and non fiction, gives me so much happiness and a purpose in life like no other. If she gets that, feels that, finds that, then she has found joy. A writer’s life is special. Miss Rose is special.
You can check out all my contact info an links on www.jjbarnes.co.uk, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can get in touch on there, as well as find links to all my work. There’s also www.sirenstories.co.uk which has all the work by both myself and Jonathan McKinney and loads of extra content such as background stories for different characters. If you want to subscribe on Patreon, its just $1 a month to help support our work and it also grants you access to our extra podcast a week, you can go to www.patreon.com/sirenstories.
Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!