I have been wanting to write a book since I was quite young. I remember receiving an ‘Anything” book as a gift and started to fill it with my own poems and drawings. My father then showed me a book written and illustrated by my grandfather Ben Wolf. It was his poetry and the single ling drawings he was known for. The dream no had new inspiration. In school my papers always received high marks for my writing yet they barely passed because of spelling errors which I never noticed due to a mild learning disability. My concentration had to be focused on spelling and my creativity turned to other things and the joy of writing faded.
Now thanks to using spell checking software and lots of repetition, I’m now reviewing other peoples work and have been inspired to try and try again to write. In 2007 I joined a team to walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The team decided to use a blog to encourage each other and let others follow our training and fund raising efforts. I had been reading a few blogs (Not Martha http://www.notmartha.org/ and Gluten-Free Girl http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/ ) for a while but I hadn’t thought of contributing to one or writing my own. I’ve now posted over 250 posts on to Ma Walking Wolf (http://mawalkingwolf.blogspot.com/ ) on Blogspot.com and well on my way to making writing a habit. Hopefully honing a few writing skills along the way.
There are three different books I want to write. Two required lots of creativity and two requiring lots of research. Each time I write for the blog I am practicing a little of both and brining myself one step closer to making something of my own to one day sit on the shelf next to my anything book and my grandfather’s books.
Franklin C. Watkins: Portrait of a painter by Ben Wolf (University of Pennsylvania Press (1966))
A common of piscary & other poems by Ben Wolf (Sutter House (1981))