So glad you found my corner of the interwebs. Thanks for stopping!
When I began writing back in the day (read–in print), my essays and Letters to the Editor were published in our city’s newspaper. I wrote scads of bad poetry and journaled up a storm. Fast forward a good number of years to a weeklong snowstorm in 2012 when I discovered the Christian online writing community. I was overjoyed at the reach of my words and the welcoming encouragement of like-minded writers and supportive readers. Thus began my blogging journey.
I’ve discovered over the last 7 years that I am a Connector, Communicator and Cheerleader at heart. I enjoy the ways that social media makes all those roles possible. After my friend Kimberlee Ireton and I led two Writer’s Retreats here in the Pacific Northwest, I founded a Facebook group called “Glory Writers” to keep the camaraderie going. Glory Writers has been retired, but now you can find me on Instagram @jodyo52, occasionally follow my track of birdseed over on Twitter @jodyo70, or see the happy, crazy family photos I post of my kids and grandkids on Facebook.
A little about me: I’m a California transplant in love with Seattle–rain & sunshine both–even after 25 years. I spent over 20 years in Elementary School classrooms wrangling early learners from Kindergarten through 6th grade and loved it. I even survived teaching middle school for two years at the beginning of my career. That experience, especially 5 years working with kids with special needs, has provided a backdrop for the way I see the world. All of life is material for writing my way through the days. I consider gardening and weeding as therapy and I decorate with books and found objects like rocks or interesting pieces of driftwood. (For the full meal deal, just click the About tab.)
As God has refined my presence and purpose here on the internet, I’ve discovered my gift to you, dear Reader, is to serve as a sort of Bulletin Board where folks can find information, inspiration and encouragement.
To that end, you’ll find via virtual thumbtacks of my past blog posts with things like:
A list of 12 Writers Conferences & Retreats, places to submit your writing (in print and online) and 3 Non-Profits I support and trust, 5 Female Faith Poets and 10 Faith Writers Over 50-The Sage Ones. I will soon be adding a free resource ‘Self Publishing 101’ based on my own projects and that of clients whose work I’ve had the pleasure of editing. To discover my other work just click on the Categories tab above.
Under About there’s a Speaking tab, a page about my Christmas book. I’ll also be adding a Photography tab (since I recently got a big girl camera. Which I am still learning to use.) Photos of Sunsets and flowers are favorite subjects. And the way light falls across a room. Or a floor. You can see some of the photos and words I’ve captured already by clicking HERE.
This new year marks a transition for me from regular weekly blog entries to becoming a landing place and website home. Please bear with me as I work out all the wrinkles; I hope you’ll take a look around, read and share.
I am only one small voice here in this corner of the world, offering a glimpse of God’s glory through the people and the world He’s made. We are surrounded by beauty and wonder and creativity if we only could see it; perhaps my job is to hand you a telescope and say, “hey, look at this!”
Actually, I think if we all just did our own little square (instead of the entire quilt, as the saying goes) we could make a whole lot o’ difference right where we are.