It’s Saturday and that means it is time for Story Saturday. Story Saturday is when I will tell you a story from my life. It may be short and sweet. It may be sad. It may be funny. It may have a moral. I may just be confusing. It is just to give you a glimpse into my life.
All my memories of reading, writing, and even wanting letters, writing, and grammar to be almost perfect (we all make mistakes and there are things people don’t know, myself included) go back to a very young age.
I don’t have a first memory of actually reading, but I know that I was already helping my sister learn to read before I was in kindergarten. In kindergarten, while others had no idea how to read, I could read the word “grasshopper.”
I can remember how distraught I was when I accidentally crossed the “t” in my name so it looked like a capital “t” on the back of a valentine for my preschool class. My mom had to calm me down and assure me that others would still know it was from me and that it really was not a huge deal that the “t” got crossed incorrectly.
I’m not sure what the first things I wrote were, but the first story I can remember writing was called “The Reading Dog.” I wrote about a bee and of course, it was a “spelling bee.” However, the dog could read books so it was even more amazing. I even made a little book where I drew pictures and wrote the story to go with the pictures.
The first poem I can remember making up myself was about a monster named Fred and he lived under the bed. I don’t remember much else, but he wasn’t scary, and I also made a cut out of him. He looked like a ragged letter M.
It really shouldn’t be any wonder that I love reading and writing when I was raised to be creative and I enjoyed doing it.
While I’ve not figured out how to make freelancing pay all that well as others have, I enjoy writing. This means that it is probably no surprise to people that I’m writing a children’s book (I can write and publish books thanks to Amazon’s CreateSpace). Actually, the text is written.
What I am doing is learning how to use a program called Inkscape and use my Wacom Bamboo “Fun.” (That’s a pen tablet.)
I’ve pretty much got the hang of using the pen tablet. It’s not that difficult.
However, Inkscape is another monster. Sometimes it does not do what it is supposed to do. I’ll do exactly what I did the last time and suddenly, it will not work.
Maybe one of these days I’ll download the PDF manual for the program or perhaps I’ll just opt to buy the book instead of downloading the PDF.
Anyway, mostly, though, I think I’ll be drawing in GIMP unless I want something special done in Inkscape because GIMP is much easier to use.
Oh, and as for the children’s book, I know I can’t advertise or publicize any of my stuff here on Associated Content. However, if you join my group, “Bridget’s Associated Content Contacts” on Facebook, you’ll be informed of when the book is published and when I publish other books. I also use the group to let people know when I’m going to be away or my computer is going in to be fixed. However, I never bother people with posts about the newest articles posted. I do encourage converation in the group, but it is not one of those groups for just looking for tips to succeed on Associated Content.
Now that I’m done writing this article, it’s back to trying to draw pictures and learning more about Inkscape.