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.
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!
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'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.
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.
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.