Planting the Seeds, Growing the Dream
Posted May 21, 2012on:
Today I am participating in a month long blog hop called Self as Child promoting an exciting new concept called YouthTube!
What sparks a child’s dreams? Who encourages those dreams?
My grandmother gave me a colouring book filled with pictures of children from around the world dressed in traditional garments. I loved that book and dreamt of visiting those fascinating places one day as I coloured each page. Growing up on a farm in the Canadian prairies, we didn’t venture very far. My grade three teacher taught us about exotic places like Mexico. She gave us Mexican names, brought sombreros and serapes into the classroom, played Mexican music and served Chilli Con Carne. This further wet my appetite for travel. Miss Roll also discovered my vivid imagination and encouraged me to write my stories down.
Life truly does happen while you are making other plans. I got married, had children, worked full time, took correspondence courses, attended the occasional workshop and dabbled in writing. I filled a number of scribblers with short stories and ramblings over the years. The thought of being published was a distant and almost impossible dream. It didn’t look like I was going to see much of the world either.
But the dreams that were planted remained. I boarded a plane for the first time when my second husband took me to England to visit his family. You can imagine my excitement when I finally found myself in another country. Over the years we traveled back to England a number of times as well as to other fascinating destinations, includingMexico. With every trip, I became as excited as the child who held that international children’s colouring book in her hands.
Ten years ago a friend took a job in the United Arab Emirates and invited me for a visit. I jumped at the chance. What an amazing experience. I discovered a totally different culture, unique scenery and so much history. I fell in love with the place and the people. Returning home, I had many stories to tell. Although I felt compelled to write these stories down, they just didn’t portray the excitement and feelings I had while there.
Then one sleepless night I started writing the story from the eyes of a twelve-year-old. I based it on my experiences and added some colourful characters and an adventure. It was fun to spin my story in a way that kids would enjoy at the same time as learning about another country. My hope was that it would entice them to travel to other countries some day. Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask was born and eventually published. My dream of being published came true.
Still pinching myself to believe I am a published author after all these years, I am so glad I followed my dream of travel, which led to a writing career. I will forever be grateful to my grandmother and Miss Roll for planting the seeds, and for all the other people in my life who encouraged me to nurture and grow those dreams. As adults, we must all support the young people in our lives to follow their dreams and encourage their creativity.
Youth-Tube is a new enterprise of Plum Tree Books for children 12 & under, that encourages early literacy and children’s creativity. We are offering a safe and constructive environment for children to share art, stories, favourite books, music, etc. This is a great opportunity for children’s artwork to be showcased. All the relevant info can be found HERE with details of submission guidelines. The submissions deadline has been extended past the original date of 15th May. So get your creative children or grandchildren on board!
Check out some of the other amazing blogs that have been taking part in the blog hop promoting Self as Child throughout the month of May.
Tues 1st May: launch on the event page:http://www.facebook.com/events/314596525276392/
Wed. 2nd – http://passionfind.wordpress.com Tonia Harris
Thurs. 3rd – http://thefairytaleasylum.wordpress.com/ Marta Pelrine-Bacon
Fri. 4th – http://www.shevata-cccole.blogspot.com C.C.Cole
Sat. 5th http://hiddenearthseries.blogspot.co.uk/ janet Young Beasley
Sun. 6th – http://thebumpyroadtopublishing.blogspot.com – Deb Hockenberry
Mon. 7th -http://ontheplumtree.wordpress.com – Niamh Clune
Tues. 8th – http://sooziebird.blogspot.com/ – Susie Bertie
Fri: 11th http://girlseeksplace.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/on-being-a-writer Brianna Soloski
Sat:12th http://optymyst.wordpress.com – JanCan / @OptyMyst – Not Quite Dead Yet
Mon. 14th – http://lorhainneeckhart.wordpress.com/ – Lorhainne Eckhart (The Choice of Giving)
Tues. 15th -http://www.Heartspoken.com -Elizabeth Cottrell
Wed 16th -http://loraneleavy.blogspot.co.uk/ Lorane Leavy
Thurs: 17th: http://thiskidreviewsbooks.com/ This Kid Reviews Books
Friday: May 18th http://aprilthomasbooks.wordpress.com April Thomas
Sat. 19th -www.jontybabe.blogspot.com Jonty-Babe
Sun: 20th: http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/ Darlene Foster
Mon 21st – http://steepedinbooks.blogspot.com Georgia Saunders
Tues 22 http://marthamoravec.com/2012/05/too-fat-to-live/ Martha Moravec
I am very happy to be part of Plum Tree Books and the YouthTube initiative. Thanks Niamh Clune!