Question of the month: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
The very first piece of writing I ever did was a poem, back in the day. Wrote it during class when the teacher asked a question. That was my answer. As to where it is? Unknown. I gave it as a gift to an Elder who worked with the Indian Studies department at the college I attended.
I liked her. She taught me a lot that I didn't know I was learning at the time. She always had time if she saw that we were troubled about something, gave gentle correction when needed and encouraged us to stick to the schedule at college.
It was this piece that "sprang forth from my heart" that needed very little correction that caused my absence from the writing world for years after that. Cause shortly, it was to be my folly to mention it to the aforementioned girl who gave me the unwanted advice that all writing sprang forth needing no correction, no editing, yadda, yadda. My folly was I took it to heart.
It's always been an inspiration? Nah, a revelation to me, that someone besides a teacher actually liked my writing. Just thinking of that now gives me encouragement to keep on. It only takes one, can mean so many different things.
Well, that's my lesson for the day. Giigawabamin noongom! See ya later.