First Words

Find my niche – that is what well meaning people have said to me when writing my first blog post.  Find a niche.  Well, if that is the case, my niche is writing – my goal is to write for readers who are, like myself, searching to become a better writer.  To explore the journey of the words we are touched by and hopefully touch someone else.

I have always loved to write, but I had thought it more a personal experience.  A way of venting, or sharing when there was no one else to share with.  To write poetry of love to someone I had not even met.  To jot down inspirational pieces, song lyrics, and fortune cookie messages – to remember and save for – – – I don’t know what!  But saved each and every one.

When I was the director of The Giving Tree Day Care, I wrote a journal entry every day for every child.  The idea being if I had to leave my child while I went to work, I would want to know what did they do, eat, ‘say’, what were they focused on? How they played and with who?  Did they say anything cute, or funny, smart or sassy?  One day I thought I’d gather all the notes books over the years and have a wonderful book.  That was before a water pipe broke in our home, knocking a bookcase down and flooding the room with six inches of water.  All the pages turned to pulp.  It was heartbreaking.  Save one that miraculously stayed dry.  I gave it to the mother of that child.

I ask you dear reader, to take a moment or two, look at my authors statement, About me – what Defines me – and share a moment or two of your day with me.

My hope is to touch on interesting subjects, thoughts, ideas, nonsense, humor, maybe a recipe and craft my words into healing instruments, inspirational moments, silliness when we need to giggle.  All the while developing the craft to take me farther than a journal, past a college literary piece, beyond the occasional newspaper or magazine article.  To test me – teach me – enrich me – and share it with you along the way.

Breathe Deep, Think Peace

Patty

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About Patricia Young

Patricia Young spent most of her life in the Northeast. Before the casinos arrived and many of the safety rails installed, she would hike Bushkill Falls and enjoy time in a little cabin by Meadow Lake near the Delaware Water Gap. The school year was spent in New Jersey, but many summers were spent in Mississippi where she wandered in the woods, rode horses, and read piles of comic books with cousins. After graduating from college with a degree in education, she taught fifth grade in Bayside, Queens. When rent climbed to high for her salary she working for the defense industry in Yonkers before starting a small business called, The Giving Tree Day Care. For fifteen years she was "held hostage by two-year-olds!" Writing every day in a notebook for each child to keep communication open to each family. Fast forward to the spring of 2013 diagnosed with severe carpal tunnel syndrome (she does NOT recommend having both hands done at the same time! Often wondering "What was I thinking?!") Physical therapy and time slowly began the healing process and gardening strengthened her hands. After an unexpected, but a deeply personal journey to Montana in the fall of 2013 she decided it was time to reinvent herself and embrace her fondness for writing. With renewed confidence, and a plan to do the work necessary to become a writer, she began writing every day (with the help of 750Words.com - thank you Kellianne and Buster!), submitting to a variety of magazines and contests to practice the craft. Attending writing retreats, workshops, lectures, taking classes, reading and immersing herself in the process. She began to work with writers and authors in the tri-state area. Currently living in Westchester New York Patty lives with her husband of 32 years, two dogs, two fish, and one cat in a little Cape Cod. The laughter, love, and support are plentiful. Patty has completed her first novel presently called "Northeast of 80". Working with her genre editor, she hopes and dreams and keeps fingers crossed to find an agent in the fall of 2019. You are invited to join her on this journey of a writer. To experience her trials, successes and stumbles along the way. Please share your own stories and maybe we can untangle some of the complexities of this writers life together. Breathe Deep, Think Peace
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4 Responses to First Words

  1. Love that your finding your brave! great piece! I look forward to reading many more.

    • Patty Young says:

      Hey Scott! Thank YOU so much! YOU are one of my inspirations in this journey, that anything is possible and if you put commitment and perseverance together you cannot help but succeed! I’m still working on that waist line – needless to say I can type faster than I can run! One step at a time – one day at a time – there is NO finish line 🙂

  2. Donna Rosengren says:

    You did it! Good for you! BTW,what is that white stuff in the photo?

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