As if I didn't have my hands full trying to teach myself to carve wood,
I had to 'branch out" and try my hand in the difficult field of writing
as well. I must be crazy! Over the years, I've carved over 200 individual figures and scenes.
I have no background in the field of writing whatsoever. While in high school and college, I was not on the staff of the school newspaper. And, in college, I did not major in English; journalism;
My interest in writing evolved slowly over the years. It all began while I was participating in an arts and crafts show on the Plaza in Old Town, Albuuerque, New Mexico.
During the three day show, everything went well, as far as sales were
concerned. So, by the end of the third day, I began to relax a little,
and to goof off just a bit.
It was mid-afternoon, and I had mostly animal figures left of the display, and I thought it would be interesting to place captions next to the figures (doing the talking) to see what would happen. For example, the caption next to the skunk would read: "Help Stop Pollution" The caption next to the little lion would read: "Hi there,
I'm a Leo" and so forth. It was fun, but it was difficult to get used to people standing there at the display, "reading" my words back to me.
If I was going to continue this, it was going to take some time to get used to.
Later, what I did was cut small pieces of white poster board about 2" x 4" in size, and I would carefully print the caption on the card with a black felt pen. I would then place the card next to the figure doing the "talking"
People would stop by the display, look at the figures, read the captions, and if somebody bought a piece, they would ask if the caption came with the figure, and of course, I would give it to them
Over the next several months, I was pleased with the reaction by the public of the captions on the figures, so I continued to do it until this day. (I also caption graphics on my website)
Later, as my interest in writing grew, I would describe how the ideas for the scenes came about, and how they were put together. And, that's how my interest in writing got started...Jer