I’m so glad you found my corner of the interwebs. Long before I began writing online, God gave me a life verse from Psalm 45 that still captures the heart of who I am~
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. Thus began my blogging journey.
I’ve discovered since then I am a Connector, Communicator and Cheerleader at heart and I enjoy the ways that social media makes those roles possible. After a friend 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 @jody_lee_collins, occasionally follow my track of birdseed over on Twitter @jodyo70, or see photos, Deep Thoughts and whatnot over on Facebook.
Under the CONNECTOR tab above you can read a little about me, find some of my past Speaking gigs (and invite me to your own!) or send me an email using the Contact form.
Under CHEERLEADER you’ll find some resources, as well as links to shine a light on other work and writers. These include a list of female faith poets, 10 faith writers over 50–The Sage Ones– and some remarkable non-profits that help women & children. I’ll be adding a Self-Publishing 101 page soon, gleaned from my own projects (my book Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas) and that of clients whose work I’ve had the pleasure of editing. I’ve also helped serve as midwife to several self-publishing projects as consultant and editor, so if you have an idea stirring, drop me a line!
A Brief Bio: 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.)
5 more Random Facts About Me:
- I once jumped off a granite boulder in the middle of Mirror Lake in Yosemite. True Story. (However, it is now called Mirror Meadow; the lake dried up).
- I once embarrassed Judy Collins at a concert in Fresno, California by presenting her with a bouquet of chrysanthemums from my yard and telling her we shared (sort of) the same name.
- I once lost my son Aaron in a crowd at Disneyland when he was 6 years old while we were lined up for the Electric Light Parade. He was safe and sound with the nice people in Lost & Found. Thank you Disneyland.
- When I was little (okay, 8 years old) I swore I’d n e v e r drink coffee like “old people.” Well, now I am one and I do. I live near Seattle; would you expect any less?
- My favorite teacher ever in the world was Mrs. Jenkins who taught 8th grade English. She taught me how to diagram sentences, which I loved. A close second was Dr. Kehl who made us read The Once & Future King when I was a sophomore in high school. I nearly died, but I’m so glad I read that book.
Thanks for stopping by; now what about you? Leave me a note in the Comments.