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By Sharon Brown on September 12, 2011

I've always loved writers, maybe because I enjoy reading so much. I wanted to be Carolyn Keene when I was about 7 or 8 and discovered Nancy Drew. Every time I read a new author even now, I have a need to know everything about him or her. When I met Hart some time ago, I had a golden opportunity.

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Sep 11, 2011 6:31 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I found this week's article to be fun and educational. How you managed to combine the two, Hart, is pretty impressive.

It sounds like you have lived the life you were suited to. Thank you for coming to the spotlight. I'm glad to meet you!

Good one, Sharon!
Sep 11, 2011 7:24 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I agree I agree Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Smiling

Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Sep 11, 2011 7:52 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

What a very interesting life you have had. I hope I get to meet you one of these days!! Jo
Sep 11, 2011 8:57 PM CST
Thank you all for your kind comments. It's not nearly as exciting as everyone thinks. More like big cookies of boring with a few chocolate chips of exciting mixed in.
Sep 11, 2011 9:01 PM CST
Name: Sharon
But it's those exciting chocolate chips that make it worthwhile.
Sep 11, 2011 9:24 PM CST
If there's no fun and no chocolate chips, what's the point? Big Grin
Sep 11, 2011 9:35 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Sep 11, 2011 9:50 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Great article! I didn't even know you had been a writer Diane!

Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?
Sep 12, 2011 2:43 AM CST
Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
Lovely to learn about you, Hart! I think I always have hoped to be a writer, but my sticktoitiveness always seems to get stuck, LOL! I admire your tenacity and your craft.
Sep 12, 2011 2:47 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Hart, thank you so much for sharing your story. My mom always said the same about me, that I always had my nose in a book Thumbs up

Love reading but I could never write and I so admire those of you that do and do your craft so well. My hat's off too you I tip my hat to you.

What an exciting career you've had and thank you again for sharing it with us.

Sharon, thank you for a GREAT story!
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Sep 12, 2011 11:11 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sharon, Thanks for this great interview and story of Diane and her fascinating career! Thumbs up

Diane, I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed your stories of your days as a reporter over these past few years. I know that you must have put the passion and humor into those years that you do in everything you undertake. What I really enjoy about your writing, especially whenever anything even barely political arises is that no one can ever possibly not know how you feel about the subject at hand. I think that in this world of always being politically correct stories have gotten so wishy washy. Thank heavens yours haven't!! I tip my hat to you.
Sep 12, 2011 1:50 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I'm glad you enjoyed Hart's story. I enjoy friendships with people who challenge me, and she certainly does. She throws words out at me and last night I scrambled around for an hour trying to remember the definition of one I'd heard but could not for the life of me remember.

What in heck is an ostler?

I had to dig out my dictionary, too.
My life would be pretty boring without her in it.
I'll just keep my dictionary handy.
Sep 12, 2011 1:52 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Big Grin
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Sep 12, 2011 2:15 PM CST
Knowing words like ostler comes from reading all those Victorian novels. LOL Besides, I love funny sounding words. Ostler is pretty funny sounding.

Karen, so good to hear from you. I hope you're doing well. Stormy, no one ever accused me of being wishy washy for darn sure. LOL

I wonder why so many people dream of being writers? It's really not romantic, glamorous or an easy way to make a living. And for reporters, only a fraction of what you do during a typical work day is actually writing. Most of your time is spent scratching around to find something to write about.

I suppose the same is true of being an artist or a musician. It looks like fun but there's mountains of hard and boring work before you're any good at it.
Sep 12, 2011 2:57 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Life's funny.

The first money I ever earned for real was with something I'd written when I was a freshman in high school. My English teacher sent the piece into the Grit magazine and I won whatever contest it was. My prize was $25 which was a fair amount in 1956-7. So I spent a couple of years saying I was a writer and filled notebooks full with writings. But along with the writings I drew pictures in those same notebooks.

By the time I was a senior I'd sold some paintings, so I went through my 'I am an artist' phase. Heh! wherever the money was, that's what I was.

So I taught art, sold paintings, wrote educational technical things like curriculum guides for humanities, made money from that. So art and writing took turns. A little here and a little there of one or the other. Still the same thing. I paint and I write and so it goes. Of course the teaching part is where the money came from and still does. I couldn't have really made a living even with the combo. Luckily I could mix it in with the teaching.

That's where Hart comes in. She stuck with the writing and made a living from it. That's what I admire. I wasn't quite good enough with either one to have done that, though maybe 'happenstance' placed me just where I was supposed to be. And honestly, I've had a good time doing a little bit of both. I guess we just wear whatever hat fits at the moment.
Sep 12, 2011 3:33 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Winderful article- both of you wonderful ladies!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Sep 12, 2011 4:29 PM CST
A winderful article - does that mean we were long winded? LOLOL
Sep 12, 2011 5:06 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Sally, that is just too funny.
Sep 12, 2011 5:20 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
A very nice article recognizing Diane's career. Hope your doing well Diane, we haven't chatted for quite awhile. Ric.
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Sep 12, 2011 7:41 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
that means i may try to write but I don't try as hard to TYPE Rolling on the floor laughing I meant wonderful article Big Grin
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon

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