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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Monday 13 February 2012

Origins Blogfest & Limericks

You can see my RFW entry here
Hosted by DLHammons. On Monday, February 13th, you should post your own origin story.  Tell us where your writing dreams began.  It could be anything from how you started making up stories as a child, or writing for the school newspaper, or even what prompted you to start a blog. How about the first time somebody took an interest in your writing, or the teacher/mentor that helped nudge you along and mold your passion, or maybe the singular moment when you first started calling yourself a writer? 
It all started somewhere and we want you to tell us your own, unique, beginnings.

I could sum the origins of how I started making up stories as:
I spent a lot of my formative years creating stuff that my mother would Xerox for me to keep me happy while she worked. I took to letter writing...

...And produced my own books of stories and practical guides on pet keeping,
as I was a gerbil expert(!) and adored dogs and cats...
...and I excelled at English Language at school, which was very encouraging.
One of my stories was even read out as the best example by my teacher in 1979.
though regretfully I do not have a copy of it...

I always knew I'd be an author, though huge inhibitions and self doubts formed barriers to this fulfilment until recently when I decided to rekindle my passion and see where it took me

and with your help I just may even suceed.
Thank you!

MY LATEST LIMERICKS from Ms.Kane's first line prompt

A bimbo who ran a campaign
To save all the forests from rain
Clucked like an old hen
When accosted by men
Jeering “Hey, me Tarzan, you Jane!”

A fellow who ran a campaign
To ensure he could spot every train
Took his anorak and flask
So that, should it steam past
He could take down the numbers, again.


  1. After all the practice you've had, I am certain you will succeed!

  2. Awwww I love how you made your own books and illustrations too! How lovely!! Yay!!! All the best with your writerly journey, lovely Madeleine! Take care

  3. It's amazing we always follow our dreams later in life. Doubt creeps in and settles for way too long.

  4. You had the perfect start and I know you are going to succeed!

  5. Wow, how super that you still have those papers from your childhood. (Mine have probably turned to dust by now ...) Nice to meet you, and I liked your limericks. Fun blogfest!

  6. You know when you become a world famous best selling novelist (or limerick writer) those papers are going to worth a fortune :-)

  7. Oh my gosh! I LOVE this post!! How awesome that you have all of those momentos from your childhood!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  8. Love your childhood books and letters, how cute! And the pet keeping guides sound precious. I can relate to the self-doubt and am finally starting to get over that, but it sure can hold us back. Love the limerick too!

  9. I still have a story from my childhood about a stowaway who was shipwrecked. It makes me smile whenever I dig it out.

  10. Maddy this was so interesting. I too remember one of my stories getting read out in class and how embarrassed I felt although proud as well.

    Let go of those inhibitions and self doubt my dear! You're good!


  11. oh my gosh! I used to make books of stories too and I'd try and glue the pages toegther so there was writing on both sides like a 'real' book. LOL! Love your writing story.

  12. "A lonely childhood, a vast imagination, a passion for words ..."

    Wow. I read that and thought, me too! Beautifully stated.

  13. The limericks made me smile. I needed that today, thanks!

  14. That's awesome! It's so neat to actually see your letters and stories. Thanks for sharing. :)

  15. I enjoyed these pictures. It makes me wish I had kept my early writing endeavors. Great limericks, too.

  16. Thanks everyone: 'Let go of those inhibitions and self doubt my dear! You're good!'
    Keep telling me that and I just might LOL! ;O)x

  17. SO cool that you've managed to hang onto your earliest work! I kept very few things from when I was a kid, but I'm glad I at least have something. That first limerick -- holy cow. =]

  18. I love seeing pictures of past works posted during this blogfest! So many memories on display! Thank you for sharing your ORIGIN with us. :)

  19. I love that it all came from your childhood! I love the pics.

  20. I love that you wrote guides. How cute. You were prolific as a youngster.

  21. It's wonderful that you still have your childhood writing! Seems like you've been very persistent and consistent in your writing ambitions and dreams--best of luck to you!

  22. Oh, how wonderful that you have all those things, and how creative you were! You ware obviously a writer through and through.

  23. I've always wanted to meet a gerbil expert, especially one that also loves dogs and cats. And writes, too. Clearly you were born to be a writer. : )

  24. I love all the pictures and your Origins story! I wish I had kept my first writings. Would've been fun to look back at them.


  25. Love the limericks! And thanks for sharing those photos. You reminded me, some of my earliest stories had stickers in strategic places instead of words, to show what word was implied - apples or trees or...

  26. What a wonderful post,Thank you for sharing your ORIGIN with us. :)


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