It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
– Ernest Hemingway

If you’ve been following me on my other blog, Vintage Book Fairy, you will find that Slow Writer takes a very different approach. This blog is much more personal. I will mostly be writing about experiences from which I have hopefully learned, and have yet to learn, over a half-century. God, that sounds like an awfully long time.

I will be doing all that with the aim of improving my writing. I’m returning to study the craft, this time with a new partner, multiple sclerosis. This new partner will challenge me. I’ll be writing about writing as I’m learning it all over again. I hope things I pick up on, try on, and stumble on will help anyone else that is also on the path to improving their writing.

I may write about my childhood; not sure yet, maybe in the form of short stories or essays. I used to be a private person. I’d much rather talk about you then me. But when the house is on fire, and you want to stay alive, you are forced to run out, even if only in your skivvies. So I’ve been told.

I’d like to explore some of my interests, like: education and literacy; interesting people, places and events; and, humor — because without it, this blog and I would become depressed.

As for this partner…I will be including my multiple sclerosis in my writing. It’s a part of me now, like an added limb that can never be severed. I’m not in a wheelchair (only one third of us are), I talk fine and walk fine (for the most part). If you met me on the street you would never know. I hope to be a voice for my kind of MS — as well as for other chronic illnesses of the invisible kind.

In the end, it’s not really about me. Everyone has struggles and worries and loss and laughter. I only hope someone can learn from mine – including me.


26 thoughts on “About”

  1. I miss you so much. I think of you often. ❤

  2. Hi Colleen! ou have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award and the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. For more on this, please visit my blog.

    Have a great Christmas and healthy and happy 2014!


    • Billie, thank you so very much! I have a “surprise” for you too, very soon — after this holiday. 😉
      So glad we’ve met – keep up the great writing and good works you do for us MSer’s!
      xxxooo Colleen

  3. Hi, Colleen — I’m not sure how to tell you this so I’ll just come out and say it. After a very scientific and completely random selection process involving a blindfolded squirrel, I’m sorry to tell you this but… you won a copy of my book, Humor at the Speed of Life. Please don’t look at me like that. My hands are tied.

    I just hope we can still be friends.

    All I need is a mailing address. I’ll understand if it’s not yours…

    — Ned 😉

    P.S. Merry Christmas!

    • Wow, what a nice surprise! I usually don’t win anything. I’ve been wanting to get your book, but…a tight budget meant I had to wait. This is great! I’ll pm you.

      Thanks, Ned 🙂

  4. “In the end, it’s not really about me. Everyone has struggles and worries and loss and laughter. I only hope someone can learn from mine – including me.”
    Like this.
    i need to follow this too, to know what interests you 😀
    *i think i need to check the blog contain one by one 🙂

  5. Great quote and great outlook

  6. Your “craft” is beautifully written Colleen! I look forward to reading more from you and your partner! Enjoy your day!

  7. Love your Hemmingway quote. I will join your “slow” writing club. Not that I have MS but za brain is more the half a century old. There!

    • Welcome! No, really, thank you for following. This blog will be more than MS – I think everyone “suffers” from ailments – they just may be of differing degrees. “Old age” definitely plays a part in memory lapses and “what is that word?” lol

      • My pleasure, Colleen. I’m glad that you are back writing. Lapses which I call semi-senior moments. It’s okay not to remember, thus living for the moment. 😛

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