by Tracy Astle
Hello, sisters in faith and creativity!
Since I like to know a little about the person behind any blog post I read, I thought it might be a good idea to use this first post to introduce myself. (Don't worry. I don't find myself so fascinating that this will be a long discourse.)
I live in northern California surrounded by rich agricultural abundance. I mean seriously, we grow almost everything here, and I am fully aware of how completely spoiled I am when it comes to having access to an enormous variety of beautiful fresh produce. I love living in CA - politically, maybe not so much, but in every other way, absolutely!
I am a wife of 29 years - married my best friend from high school. It's a great story, really, considering that even though we knew each other for five years before we got married, we actually only went on one date before we got engaged - senior prom. Like I said, best friend, not boyfriend. I am also a mother of four, ranging in age from 27 to 16. Three boys, then one girl bringing up the rear. Two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren have increased our family circle in the last five years. Gotta love that!
I have been formally involved in creative things since about seventh grade, mostly music and theatre, but started writing seriously in 2008. I have also been working with youth most of my adult life which means, of course, that YA literature is my drug of choice.
One of the most important things I have learned in my life is that people are what matters. For example, ANWA is a great organization not because of it's basic idea of providing a supportive place for LDS women writers, which is a great idea. ANWA is agreat organization because of the women who make up it's ranks, who give of themselves to encourage and support each other. It's my hope that by being part of the blog team I will have the chance to get to know more about more of our sisters, so I can hopefully give them something they need - support, encouragement, a crit of their work, maybe point them in the direction of a good resource for information they want or need, but most of all to let them (you)know that they and their creative efforts are valued.
Now, to lighten things up a bit and to help me get to know you, let's talk about superpowers. Yes, I said superpowers. I know - rather an abrupt turn, but I am positive the bright women here can follow such turns! If I had a superpower based on my personality it would have to be uber-optimism. I am not only a glass half full kind of girl, I am probably more of a glass three quarters full kind of girl. I can find the bright side of anything. Really. Now, if I could choose a superpower it would probably be to be able to heal people - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually - with a single touch. wouldn't that be awesome?
So...what about you? What would your inherent superpower be and what one would you choose if you could? And why?