A Dream Come True

If the eight-year-old version of me could see what I’m holding in my hands, she’d be cartwheeling around the house squealing at the top of her lungs.  Heck, the adult version of me is having a tough time keeping those impulses in check. 

Jocelyn holding the July 2011 Highlights with her storyToday seemed like any other day until I walked out to my mailbox and found a big white envelope with a return address from Highlights.  I had a hunch about what was inside, and my heart kicked into high gear.  I ripped open the envelope to find complimentary copies of the July 2011 issue, which just so happens to have a story written by me in its brightly colored pages.  Squeeee!!

I loved, loved, loved Highlights growing up – the fun stories, the cool crafts, the hidden pictures, the hijinks of Goofus and Gallant.  Even when I technically grew too old for it, my mom kept the subscription under the guise that it was for my younger brother and sister, even though they never really read it.  I was a sad, sad panda on the day my mom decided all her kids were too old for Highlights and cancelled the subscription.

Even though I wasn’t consciously thinking about becoming a writer at that point, a part of me must have poured over the pages knowing that’s where my destiny would lead me.  Two years ago I entered the 2009 Highlights Fiction Contest, and my story Seeking a Hidden Hive was picked as one of the winners.  My awesome prize was that I got to attend the fantastic Chautauqua Writers Workshop for free, but even more exciting for me was that my story was going to be published in Highlights

Highlights keeps so many stories on hand that it takes years after acceptance to be published, but since this is my first children’s publication, I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day.  Now it’s finally here, and it feels AMAZING!  The illustrator did a fabulous job on the drawings, bringing my characters to life.  I got a little choked up when I saw my name listed among the pages of the magazine that was such a huge part of my childhood.  I am so grateful to the editors at Highlights for picking my story and making one of my dreams come true. 

So what writing milestones have transformed you into your eight-year-old self squealing with excitement?

A Place of Honor

I bought my domain name two years ago, but I didn’t know anything about building a website.  So I created this little animated clip with the help of a fun website called xtranormal to be the placeholder on the site until I had the time and knowhow to make the real one.  To my embarrassed dismay, that took much longer than I anticipated; however, with a lot of help and patience from my brother Brian, I now have an honest-to-goodness working website.  Although this little movie has a special place in my heart, since it was long the lone emissary for jocelynrish.com, so I’m keeping it here for sentimental reasons.

 

Why Babblings of a Boob Tube Junkie?

When I first dipped my toes into the scary waters of interacting with people on the internet, it was in forums that talked about television shows.  I needed a screen name that properly displayed my intense devotion to watching TV, so BoobTubeJunkie was born.  I liked the way it sounded, and it certainly described me.  Seriously, no sane person should watch as much television as I do.  Hmmm, I guess that gives you a sneak peek into the state of my mental stability. 

Anyway, I began frequenting other forums, and I used the same screen name since it seemed to fit me so well.  I’ve now made a lot of great friends in cyberspace using that name, so I wanted to carry a part of it with me as I embarked on this new blogging adventure.  And since I will be talking about all kinds of things, I think that definitely qualifies as babbling.  Besides, I love me some alliteration.  So there you have it: Babblings of a Boob Tube Junkie.

And Away We Go!

For a writer, I’m getting a really late start with this whole personal blog thing.  I didn’t think I had enough clout to blog about the craft of writing, and there were already so many people out there blogging about writing in funny and creative ways; but I kept hearing platform, platform, platform, so I decided it was time to put on my big girl panties and take the plunge. 

It’s not my first blogging experience, since I’ve been writing the blog posts for the movie I made with my brother called Saying Goodbye.  But making a movie is interesting and exciting, so that’s easy to blog about.  I fear my own life is far less fascinating . . . some might even call it snooze worthy. 

Since my boring life is not enough to interest any readers other than my immediate family, the focus of “Babblings of a Boob Tube Junkie” will be on exploring the magic of stories.  The stories we read.  The stories we watch on the big and small screens.  The stories we write, and the ways that we write them.  And if something interesting does happen in my life, then I’ll share that story as well.  Thank you for stopping by!