Without those of you who write and read the pieces inspired by the weekly photos, the writephoto prompt would not exist. So, if you follow or take part in the weekly challenge, why come over and introduce yourself too?
Being a regular does not mean taking part every week… so why not drop me a line?
Thank you for having us, Sue! I am thoroughly enjoying finding out about my fellow writers, bloggers and all around talented people. I don’t know where to start, so I guess the beginning would be good.
I was born many moons ago in New Jersey, spent my younger years in Brooklyn, NY, before moving back to NJ, where I still reside. I am an only child (as Mom wasn’t able to have more) who grew up surrounded by my aunt and nana, and many cousins. In school, I was an art major, mostly acrylics and pastels, but gave it up shortly after one of my HS teachers told me I wasn’t good enough. Biggest mistake I ever made. I went on to a career as a pharmacy technician, later working for a computer company who installed the pharmacy systems (I’m a tech geek), and finally, coming back to my artistic roots, working in the wedding favors industry for 15 years. Still my love for writing never left me and so, here I am, again, back where I really belong.
The wedding industry is where I met a very dear friend, who passed away in 2015, who told me I should be writing because I was good at it. I started my blog with political posts, which I no longer do, and eventually took the chance and shared some of my poetry. It took off from there. And so, Night Owl Poetry was born. Night, because it’s when I write, Owl for my husband’s love of them, and Poetry, well, you know.
A little about my poetry, if you will indulge me. If I could pen only dark poetry, I probably wouldn’t hesitate, but honestly, I am not all about the dark. I believe there is light in everything we see, feel, and touch. I am fascinated by shadows because it means there is light nearby. Still, I am a night owl, and as such, I blossom in the darkness of the night, along with my friend, the moon. We get along famously!
I’d like to touch on something that affected me 12 years ago. I was stricken with Transverse Myelitis. This is an inflammation of the spinal cord that affects the central nervous system. It attacked my cervical spine, and left me partially disabled. I have no feeling from my elbow down and minimal use of my left hand (which makes typing a bit of a challenge), among other things. My family likes to tease me because my pinkie finger has a mind of its own. Apparently, it is always drinking tea with the Queen. I’m providing a link that gives more information, should anyone like to find out more about this. The link is www.myelitis.org.
OK, enough of sad, on to happy. I am happily married to my best friend, my rock. We just celebrated 33 of marriage, but have known each other 40 years. I have two beautiful children. Most of you know my Alyssa, and my Jonathan did a few of the covers for my books. I am an extremely proud mama!! I live among the wildlife here, the deer, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and birds, and oh yes, the ground hogs. They inspire me and I occasionally break out my camera (insert sarcasm) to take pictures. It’s a hobby I enjoy a great deal. Most of all, it gets me out of the house!
I currently have 13 poetry books available on Amazon and I am in the editing stages of a short story book, based off of Sue’s #writephoto prompts. I have extended the stories beyond the original. That’s it about me. I hope you found out something you didn’t know before. Again, thank you, Sue, for allowing me to ramble on.
Find and follow Dorinda
instagram – @dorindaduclos or @thenightowlpoet