The JeskyBera Blog
In the dance world, I would never have felt comfortable just throwing around the term "ballerina." It means something very specific. "Dancer," sure. I was a dancer. As I slip further into the stream and begin to be really swept away by writing, I'm unsure what to call myself. If I start saying, "I'm a writer," am I crossing a line that I have not learned yet to see?
I have arrived, though, at an important juncture. I WANT to be a writer. As difficult as becoming a dancer was and in spite of my success at that, stepping toward Writerhood seems even more challenging. I am a goal-oriented person, and it is hard for me to see how I would know that I had arrived at "I'm a writer." Yes, this writing thing is very different than ballet. But, writing and ballet have something important in common for me: I love them.
Many hobbies and jobs attract me. I have lots of little interests that keep my life interesting. Writing is different, though. It is such a huge field with unending possibilities that I see it as a bigger pursuit, a different category than felting and making Italian food on the weekends. I don't think writing is something in which I'd like to just dabble. It also not something I want to "just do for myself." I'm not "just for myself" person. I don't mean that in any grand, selfless way, mind you. I really, really, REALLY want to share the things I like the best. Ballet is done for people to see, and it is the sharing and performing aspect of it that I find myself wistfully remembering. Sure. Ballet (and writing) require hours of behind the scenes practice that is not shared so that the end product can be of excellent quality.
So, here I am: wanting to be A Writer and wanting to share. I want to practice more, and I am renewed and invigorated by doing so. Writing is an excellent way for me to process my own experiences and feelings and a great medium for sharing and showing. In pursuit of practice opportunities, I've begun thinking through and writing a couple of different memoirs. I also have discovered the world of essay contests (they had me at CONTEST) and blogs and publications that accept outside submissions. Because I am at the beginning of all this, I'm trying a bit of everything! I want to find my niche, however fluid that may end up being.
In the meantime, I want to share, and I honestly need feedback. Comments, likes, subscribes, SHARES: these things will help me to see who's picking up what I'm laying down. Hence...
THE BEAUTIFUL NEW WEBSITE!!!
I have created categories for the things I write most about and you can find them using the navigational tools. Categories include:
MANY posts remain uncategorized, but I will get to them. Sickness + Health in particular will be a great resource, so please do share the blog with anyone, but especially mommies, who may be struggling with illness. I have hopes to really bone up Arts + Crafts too (think DEMO VIDEOS!). Stories and essays related to ballet, writing, and Art in general will land there as well. I would like for Hope + Faith to be an area where I spend some time writing longer, more researched, polished pieces. I have been thinking on some big subject matter.
Eventually Treats + Treasures, or something like that, will make an appearance. There are so many beautiful things and experiences I want to review and promote, particularly for Seattleites.
Thank you for visiting The JeskyBera Blog! I have lots of content waiting in the wings...