My name is Erin Leary and I have been a
closet writer for years. I have been keeping a commitment to myself to write more and this blog is a part of that commitment. This year alone, I have had several of my works published in anthologies – see more about that here. I’ve joined a couple of writer’s organizations to help keep me motivated – both Backspace and Women’s Fiction Writers Association – and have become an unpaid intern at a New York Literary Agency. Yes, I have stopped being a closet writer and I’ve stepped out into the world.
I used to be a Weeble™, using my writing to help sort through things that happened to me. Writing is what helped keep me sane when I needed it most. I used to say that if I pitched the plot line of my life to an agent, I would be laughed out of the room. No one would believe that so many bad things could happen to one person in such a short amount of time. I’m here to prove that reality is stranger than fiction. And I am still standing, through the grace of the English language.
Being a Weeble™, I kept getting back up and trying again. It’s sometimes the best we can do and all that is needed. But it’s time to move on now. So no more Weebling for me. It’s taken three years, but I am standing firm and I have survived.
I’m now embracing the next stage of my life – being a writer and checking off item #4 in the list below. Anything is possible!
Random facts about me:
1. I used to have an underbite. I worried one of my kids would inherit that trait, but they didn’t. Maybe orthodontia straightened out my genes, too.
2. I enjoy therapy, both physical and mental. I think that makes me a little strange.
3. I like to have my bed made each day. Sometimes I do it just before I get in because it makes me feel better about accomplishing something.
4. If I could be anything, it would be a writer. I have author envy.
5. I sometimes think that I relate better to males than females but I wouldn’t revoke my membership in the sisterhood for anything. Women rock.
6. I have little or no patience for things that are poorly organized or stupid. I find as I get older this impatience leaks out more and more.
7. I love animals and am married to a man whose idea of the perfect pet is a stuffed one. We are working this out, but mostly we have pets and he copes.
8. In light of the above, my mother used to worry that I would want to bring home needy men just like I did with needy pets. I remember thinking that was an odd thing to worry about, then I became a mother.
9. I have a dark side and it sometimes scares me.
10. I think I’m a good mother to my kids. Each one is different from the others and I respect those differences. I had a good mother, so all the credit goes to her.
11. People at work think I am very calm and rational. I like to save my tantrums for home.
12. I know more song lyrics than I like to admit. A good chunk of my brain is tied up with that.
13. I have a scary ability to memorize phone numbers. Even now that they are ten digits long.
14. I am wicked good at factoring algebra problems. I’m almost an idiot savant because I hated algebra and really don’t know what to do other than factoring.
15. In the past few years, I’ve lost 5 important family members. I miss each of them dearly and think of them almost every day.
16. I have a lot of guilt about what my divorce did to my kids – but a lot of hope that talking about it with them helps.
17. I don’t like to fail. It’s a character flaw.
18. I am a very private person. Doing this is a real stretch for me.
19. I read almost obsessively and have passed it along to my kids.
20. I still get a thrill when I go to the library because it’s like a whole world of possibilities to choose from – for free!
21. I love that I have both Irish and Norwegian heritage. Of course, I have a lot of other things in the mix, but those are the two I relate to best.
22. I am a fiercely loyal friend and have only a handful of people that I am truly close to.
23. I hate ending sentences with a preposition (see above) but sometimes it feels more awkward to use correct grammar.
24. I can set almost any electronic clock without instructions. I’ve only been defeated once.
25. I once had a top score on a Ms. Pacman machine that lasted for over a year. I was that good.