Hi! Thanks for clicking. I bet you’re wondering three things:
1.Who is T. S. Dickerson?
2.What is this blog about?
3.Why should I care?
Well, I am a stay-at-home-mom, a wife for seven years, a once dog-trainer who now lives in an area where there’s not much call for it. I have a Bachelor’s in Equine Science (yep, it’s a thing) and several courses toward an unfinished degree in English Education.
I’ve caught and tossed back several ideas of what I want to “do” with my life. For now, staying home with the kids is the most financially sound (full-time daycare for two costs almost as much as I’d make) and the best decision for our family.
But, as my 30th birthday looms around the corner I realize that I haven’t done what I had hoped to accomplish in three decades. So I’m setting out to fix that in the next three.
Don’t get me wrong! I’m happy in my marriage and adore my kids. The SAHM gig is much harder than I ever would have guessed. Parenting in general is harder than I anticipated - and absolutely worth it! But, even in my happiest times something has been missing.
I’ve held this mistaken belief that to master one trade I needed to push everything else aside. Over and over I would do this and burn out almost immediately on the path I’d chosen; again unhappy and lost. I now know that there are no "masters." Those who could claim the title are always striving, always learning. I’ve also come to realize that we can’t close off part of ourselves in order to succeed elsewhere. We’re complicated creatures and we need to accept our layers in order to be “happy.”
So, this blog is about me; all the layers of me. For the most part, I will focus on my quest to actually do something with my passion for story-telling. I’ll be chronicling my journey to improve my writing, get published and then, improve even more. I’ll share excerpts of my work and tips that have helped me.
But, I refuse to shut my other layers out of the blog totally, so occasionally there may be something random about my life.
So, why should you care? Well, if you’re not a writer, a parent, an animal lover, or a confused (layered) individual constantly changing your plans then, maybe you shouldn’t. Otherwise, you’re welcome to stick around and do what I do when I read blogs - which is one of two things. Either wholeheartedly agree, gush, share, and feel long-distance camaraderie, or disagree, get angry, leave nasty comments, and never come back.
Okay, that’s not true. I don’t usually leave nasty comments. But, you’re welcome to. My skin could use the thickening before I start sending my work to editors/publishers, anyway. (Non-nasty comments are also appreciated.)