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This month's IWSG questions - What was your first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published? - made me realize just how long I've been at this writing thing.
I keep copies of most of my publications, especially the ones seen exclusively online. I have three binders full of work. The very first page in the very first binder? A poem I wrote when I was nine years old, published in Highlights for Children Magazine (May, 1983.) The binders are not only a record of my work, but also a reminder of what I've accomplished, of all my successes. Guess how often I look at any of those binders? Go ahead, write your answer in the layer of dust covering them.
Instead, I recall the missed opportunities - the ones I wasn't ready for, the ones I didn't take advantage of due to fear. I wonder now - over 30 years later - if there will ever be any more of those moments for me and my writing? Or did I just totally miss the boat on the writing career of my dreams?