Really?!? Wow!! She picked me!!!

Hello Dear Readers!

This is going to be a rather short post today – I’m so excited and wanted to share my good news with you!  However, I must give you a short background of what took place before the good news.  Not long after I returned form Haven in the Fall of 2013, Laura Munson invited all those alumni who have attended the writing retreats, to write an essay of our experience.  Why was it special, what did we take from it, etc.  The winners of this contest would be posted on her 2014 Winter Series blog.  

Last week I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed.  I was accepted into a Transition Program at our local community college.  This is focused on woman re-entering the work force after a divorce, or if they were widowed, or their husbands were unemployed.  It is an amazing program which after you complete the four week intensive computer and career classes – you walk away with 75 total hours under your belt.  However, I have not sat in a classroom for most of a day, looking up at a screen, down at my computer screen and learning a new skill in years!  It is a combination of fun and frustration – but it is a wonderful group of ten women, so there is laughter and support, some tears and lots of encouragement.

Not having time to check my emails, it wasn’t until Thursday, January 16th that I drug myself in front of my laptop and found emails from Laura asking if I had seen the announcement?  I had no idea what she was talking about.  Then I saw a message from her administrative assistant with the words Winter Series.  My heart jumped into my throat!  Could it be?? Did Laura choose me?!?  Indeed, yes!  

So my dear friends, family, readers and fellow writers, I invite you to take a moment and go to:  http://blog.lauramunson.com/2014/01/16/haven-winter-series-2/ 

While there take another moment or two and explore Laura’s blog.  She is a wonderful writer and excellent photographer.  What I find so amazing is this blog was started with my sincere thanks to her for putting her hands upon my back and pushing me onward – to continue this journey as a writer, and here I must sincerely thank her again.  I am so excited, so proud, yet so humbled by this next step into a new chapter.  Thank you again, and again, and again Laura! XO

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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