To all my current and future #DCSPeeps (DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED), welcome to my new series in my continuing effort to inspire, amuse, and entertain you! Each Monday I will select a new word to analyze how it might apply to our writing lives and also give you a peek into my childhood growing up in the swamps of southern Louisiana, so kick back, put your feet up, and check out my story about TODAY'S WORD:
My hometown was surrounded by rice fields and swamps. Canals ran everywhere and sometimes there was literally no other way to get from one place to the other than by boat.
Once a month, my siblings and I would pile into our old car and my father would drive north to the FERRY. The only way we would get to the next biggest town was to float across the boggy swamps on an ancient boat pulled across the murky waters along steel cables laid across the bayou. My mother could be seen with her feet peeking out the passenger window as she patiently waited for the sluggish FERRY to reach the other shore.
I, on the other hand, was terrified to be on that FERRY. I always imagined some freakish accident happening; the cables breaking, and being swept down the canal to some mysterious place where the "gris gris" or Cajun swamp monster lurked.
Writers sometimes find themselves bogged down by writer's block, self-doubts, and insecurities when it comes to their writing. They impatiently wait for muses who sometimes never show up while deadlines rush to meet them. They need that FERRY to pull them along a river of creativity, carrying them to the other shore and setting them on the path to publication...
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International best selling author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt Taekwondo Instructor by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host and book reviewer for Harper Collins, She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and Children's Book Insider. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, time at the beach, and well written stories.