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What I am in real life is a gift market and greeting card designer. A “designing whore” is the term I use for myself because it’s been 15 years since I’ve actually created a piece of art just for me. I live and breathe the trends and fads of the moment and create artwork on paper that an art director translates into all sorts of things from dishes, to candles, to plaques, to textiles, to–well you get the picture–I design for money!

What I’ve always REALLY wanted to do was write a book. Journalism was the first thing I majored in at college. I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I can remember, but I’ve always managed to find an excuse not to do it. A few months ago, on a lark, I took an online writing workshop to try and kick-start myself. At the end of the 6 week course we had to have 500 words written for a novel, short story, etc. Well, I loved the course, loved the writing assignments, and wrote my 500 words. The class ended, and of course I haven’t written a thing since! So–here I am with my first blog, hoping that it will force me to continue writing. I’m going to post my 500 words and I’m going to add to it every day until it turns into a book. I’m going to pretend I’m writing for an audience and hopefully hone my skills to the point that the next book will be good enough to publish! So, good luck to myself, and here I go!

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  1. April 18, 2008 1:04 pm

    Good luck with the book. If you are looking for a little bit of community, you might look in on the Nanowrimo forums ( ) There are a few useful ideas here and there.

  2. monica111466 permalink
    October 15, 2008 6:45 pm

    great! Let me know when you finish…I love to read.
    I plan to write a book about my son at some point….He was brain injured at birth….my life with Matthew has been both a challenge and a joy.

  3. October 24, 2008 4:03 pm

    Good luck with your book…wish I could see some of your greeting card designs!

  4. October 24, 2008 4:10 pm

    Actually, I’m thinking about my own blog but haven’t worked up the courage just yet…not sure if I want to read everyone’s posts. From some I’ve visited I feel as if I’ve just logged into the mental ward or that they are role playing trying to pump information out of people. Many threats and many just there to steal ideas from other people as they have none of their own. Some seem to be looking for someone to hide behind…just as in the real world.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 24, 2008 4:16 pm

    LOL. very observant cj! Let me know if you do start a blog. I want to read it! You have some very good and original ideas and would offer a lot of insight.

  6. October 24, 2008 5:48 pm

    I also took an online writing course. When asked to do a web page with a poem and 500 word essay I was rather intimidated. In a hurry to select a poet, I cruised the Internet and found one that was widely known, though not to me…I asked permission to use her. After doing some research, I found out not only had she been married, then turned lesbian, and was praised by Clinton I was pressed to narrow the subject to 500 words. The difficult part was to write just the opposite of what you really thought! I racked my brain, especially since this was done online, because in my neck of the woods people don’t take kindly to homosexuals.

    Gawd! It was one of the hardest things I guess I’ve ever done…got a perfect grade on it though…no death threats…that’s the main thing! Lol!

  7. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 24, 2008 6:25 pm

    LOL! That’s funny. What are the odds? I guess I might have switched poets to one I was more compatible with.

    My class wasn’t that bad–It was a “how to write a novel” type of class. It was fun–and thank goodness, I was allowed to write about whatever I wanted–just had to use my imagination–which was quite rusty.

    The hardest part for me was that I had to post what I wrote on a class forum and see critiques of what I’d written. I almost backed out of the class when I realized other people would be judging what I wrote.

  8. niecey456 permalink
    December 5, 2008 5:02 pm

    Mystery, I think you are a fine writer! Much better than I. I’ve always had a passion for writing and just never can put it together. I’m a really big reader, and I love reading your posts. So keep up the good work and let me know when you write the book.

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 5, 2008 8:21 pm

    thanks niecey, but I’d have to disagree with you. You are a passionate, natural writer. Your posts are always well-thought out and thought-provoking! I enjoy reading yours very much.

  10. niecey456 permalink
    December 6, 2008 2:22 pm

    Thanks Mystery, My Friend, I appreciate that! Please let me know when you write your book. I would love to read it.

  11. Gregory permalink
    December 17, 2008 9:00 pm

    Nice blog. Keep on writing!


  12. Starlie permalink
    December 23, 2008 9:49 pm

    Hello thats cool I’ve writing a book as well , I thinks thats why were all here though huh. love your site here

  13. motherclucker permalink
    January 13, 2009 9:08 pm

    I KNEW IT! LOL! You are the greatest! I will be patiently waiting for your novel! You need to put up the quote on your blog that says “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel” …LOL!

  14. Diane permalink
    January 20, 2009 11:56 am

    When I first found your blog, I thought, well here is an artist. I enjoy it very much.

    I, too, am an artist- though only a self-learned novice. Unfortunately, I am presently being crushed under a creative block that has endured for years. Is procrastinating an art form? I adore oil painting and draw because I have to. I don’t engage in either very often. So, I can empathize with you.

    You have a nice writing style. Good luck on your journey.

    Oh, are you familiar with the novelist Colin Dexter? He wrote the Inspector Morse series which was later adapted into a television show in England. It is superior.

  15. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 20, 2009 3:46 pm


    It’s my understanding that procrastination is indeed an art form–and one that I have perfected!

    I love to draw–it’s my favorite part because I’m lazy and can sit in my chair to do it. I have to go into my studio to paint. I haven’t used oils (though I love them) in years, mainly because of the health implications.

    I have not read the Inspector Morse series, but I have watched some of the BBC series, and love it–I’ll have to try one o f the books. Thanks!

  16. Deon permalink
    January 23, 2009 10:45 am

    What a lovely site,books are my friends,yes they have taken me down many roads and seen me thru hard times. Please,write and I will read and read.

  17. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 23, 2009 1:18 pm

    Thanks, Deon. I feel the same way you do about books.

  18. pookiesposts permalink
    February 16, 2009 4:35 pm

    ILOVE YOUR BLOG! I am looking for a writer to co write a book about most inspirational children. Check out Pookies Stories


  19. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 16, 2009 11:04 pm

    Thanks pookie–How do I get to your site? Could you send a link?

  20. 1lily1 permalink
    March 22, 2009 3:52 pm

    Nice Blog! Interesting….
    I live in The Woodlands, Texas and work for a small investment firm.
    The market is slow right now, but it affords me time to enjoy my 3 children and 6 grandchildren, and spend time with my beloved Rottweiler,Thor.
    I enjoy your posts–. Have a great week!

    Lily (a.k.a. Lilli )

  21. itsamysterytome permalink*
    March 23, 2009 1:20 pm

    Thanks, Lily! I love rotties!

  22. Hilde permalink
    March 24, 2009 5:05 pm

    itsamystery….. the Way I see it You are just multi talented. I finally took the time to check out all Your Sites even the last Christmas Site You had. I sure missed out
    on a lot by not checking everything out before.

    Should You decide to write a Book and get it published, now You know anything is possible, I don’t have to tell You that! Anyway I definitely would buy Your Book.

    You seem to be an all around good Person and interesting on top of that. JMO 🙂
    I am glad to know You even if it is just on the Internet, You share a lot of Your Knowledge with Your Readers and we appreciate that.
    I don’t always comment, but I do read Your Posts and Niecey’s a lot.

  23. itsamysterytome permalink*
    March 24, 2009 5:34 pm

    Thank you for your kind words, Hilde and for taking the time to check me out. I really appreciate it. I’m very glad to know you as well. One unexpected “side-effect” from having a blog is the fact that I’ve gotten to “know” so many terrific people that I would never have met otherwise. The internet can be a wonderful thing! (And even though I’ve been side-tracked by my blog, I am still working on a book-actually books–1 is a mystery and one is a children’s book I wrote and am illustrating for my little Carter–all when I’m not actually WORKING!)

  24. thommacintyre permalink
    June 13, 2009 4:08 pm

    Hi, mystery!
    Long time listener 1st time caller. I had been posting to topix then graduated to the Caylee daily. As I got comfy with Caylee’s online family, I started hitting the blogs. I have read yours almost all the way through and all the comments. It’s pretty cool to see folks whose posts I have read elsewhere. Thanks to $indy’s crack I, too, have become a real blogger. I did time behind bars due to drugs. I took a plea, happily, for many reasons with being guilty at the top of the list. I have over 5 years drug free, sponsor two guys in real life and correspond with a dozen or so folks about living drug free. Taking it one day at a time is key. As I became more familiar with the Caylee’s online family, the more I have come out of me shell. I have finally begun to write about recovery in a sincere fashion and hope to help people too shy, scared, or ashamed to get help anywhere but with the anonymitiy of being online. That being said, it seems like any real online content for getting clean asks you to come to meetings, got to a rehab, some pollyanna acedemia bs, or other things that shy won’t happen shy and ashamed folks get started. I decided to share how i got clean online and am now begining to get the message out. So far the only folks I really trust in the online community is Caylee’s protectors. i am approaching the heavy hitters of this community and asking to put up a PSA link somewhere. I am not including the link in these posted requests to be polite and show a sincere aversion to spamming. if you think this is in line with your personal philosophy, please drop me a note and I will email you the link. in accordance with honesty being the foundation of anyone’s recovery program, I want to let you know i am approaching other heavy hitter bloggers with this same request. To everyone else who sees this, if you are on the hard stuff or love someone who is, get help. If not, jails, institutions, and death are the inevitable results of addictions. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

  25. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 13, 2009 5:41 pm

    Hi Thom

    I sent you an email

  26. sitzy permalink
    September 2, 2009 6:45 pm

    You seem to have a lot in common with albatross on the youtube videos on the Anthonys. Any connection?

  27. itsamysterytome permalink*
    September 2, 2009 7:04 pm

    Hi sitzy

    I’m not familiar with those videos–I’ll have to check them out. And no, there’s no connection!

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  29. Allison Gamble permalink
    August 12, 2011 5:04 pm

    Sorry to leave an unrelated comment, but I couldn’t find any contact info for you. I’m wondering if you’d be interested in a guest post. Please drop me an e-mail. Thanks!

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