Okay, okay. Let's start over, shall we? Yes? You don't care? Fine, I'll introduce myself anyway.
My name is... hmmm... pseudonym? or real name? Okay, real name, then. I am Michelle Zamora- Mackay. I am a working mother of two and a wife to a golf professional.
I am a writer. An unpublished writer. It is my aspiration to someday become a published author. Of what? Fiction. What genre? I am still figuring that out.
You can say I am an author-in-training.
I've decided to return to my blogging roots just before my second 37th birthday, to embark on a new adventure.
Due to a technical mishap in December (one of my own doing), I lost all control over my previous blog "Of Knitted Tales and Sunday Dinners." So after much thought then, I decided to retire as the The Knittymommy. As of this writing, the previously named blog has been deleted by Blogger.
But now, not even six months later, I find myself wanting to speak again, but this time, I want speak under my own name. Hopefully you'll hear my real voice ring through, this time around.
What am I doing this for you ask? Well, here it goes...
Like I said earlier, it is my aspiration to someday become a published fiction author. I am experimenting with several genres but still haven't figured that out yet. I am working on something, but I won't talk about that here. Or maybe I will... Sometime later on, but not now.
As an author-in-training, I have scoured (and continue to do so) all the resources available to me about writing. The internet, writers and agents blogs, writing books, workshops and classes; you name it. As I go through these resources, a pair of thoughts stand out to me about what an author must do to keep him/her going and hone the craft, namely they are:
- Write, write, write; and
- Read, read, read.
There are more that stand out to me, but this pair feels the most important to me. Maybe I'll talk about those later on too.
So, this brings me to the point of this blog. For the writing part, I have my own ritual for writing and have been doing so everyday. But the one I want to focus more on now is the second part; reading.
Therefore, in honor of my coming second 37th birthday, I have decided to embark on a literary journey of sorts. I have put together a list of award-winning books, all of which were published through the years 1972 to 2010. Each of the books on this list has been named the winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The John Newbery Medal, or the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.
From among these books, I will choose a selection of ten books to read throughout the each of my remaining 37th years, until I finally turn 40. I have yet to decide on the selection process, but I will do that as I go along. My goal is to read forty of these books. Essentially, one award-winning book for each of the years of my current lifetime.
The objective of the exercise is to learn from each of these writers; how they write, why they write, and what they write. That is in the hope that I may learn about what makes a piece of fiction an award-winner.
Not all of these books are best sellers, nor are some of them considered to be classics or among the "Great Books." But, the fact that they have been honored in some shape or form is enough for me.
It will be a challenge I know, but a challenge, I believe worth the effort. Who knows where it takes me? Maybe I'll come up with my own award-winner someday?
Would you like to join me on the journey? It'll be a lot less lonely, if you do.
Til the next time, happy reading and writing.