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We All Have a Story Within Us

Updated: May 4, 2022

We all have a story within us.

Here’s a closer look at mine.

In all honesty I was a bit of a dorky kid. I had trouble making friends, so I spent a lot of time in the library making friends with fictional characters. In particular the characters of Narnia.

Painfully shy, I began to write… and write. This was back in the day of floppy discs, before the internet. By the time I finished primary school I had written seven books in my imaginary made up world.

In highschool I did a little better with making friends. By this stage I had grown out of Narnian creatures and moved onto trying to write my own language just like J.R.R. Tolkien. In fact I was still trying to write my dictionary when I was in university.

I graduated university with a Bachelor Degree in Primary Education, majoring in literacy (no surprises there).

I worked as a primary teacher until I met my husband, Scott and moved to North Queensland, Australia. As the mining boom dwindled, my mechanical draughtsman husband had to look for a way to re-invent himself. We started our business Blacklist Prints, just months prior to our eldest daughter’s birth.

With a new business and children, I put my writing hobby on hold.

Scott told me I could do something with all my drabbles and scribbles. I always told him, he was dreaming. Scott always did have more faith in me than I did.

Tragedy struck on March 20, 2021. Scott didn’t come home. I phoned and text and he didn’t reply… an hour or two later there was a knock at the door.

There are some things in life you will never forget. I will never forget the horror of seeing the police on my front door step. They didn’t have to say the words… I knew. Scott was gone.

For Scott’s birthday I wrote a picture book for my girls, using some of his favourite photos. I’ll share it sometime.

I began to write again. For me and for my girls.

Life can be unpredictable and scary.

But I don’t want you to take away from mine that this is a story of defeat. It isn’t. Sometimes life really, really sucks. When life is unbearable find some goodness. When life is dark find some light… there’s a victory in that.

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