Can you learn anything about Barbara by “reading” a few snaps from her life?
No! This is Queen Elizabeth II’s house in London.
Yes! Barbara loves history.
No. She’s not from the Netherlands either, but she and her husband love to travel together.
Yes! This is Alex, King of Canines.
No. But she is a perpetual student who carries books when she travels.
Yes! She has lived in multiple states and multiple countries, but she will always consider Georgia “home.”
Yes! But she loves, loves, loves room service. Her father was in the Army, so she’s always traveled. When she was a little girl, Barbara’s grandmother would often order food to be delivered to the hotel rooms in which they were staying. This little luxury always makes Barbara think of her grandmother and a very happy childhood.
Of course! She was surprised with this breakfast extravaganza one Mother’s Day. Room service may be nice, but having a caring family is even better.
Barbara would say he is very handsome, but once upon a time, he didn’t like to read! The Monster Boring is dedicated to him.
Not necessarily but both Barbara and her son love the great American classic, The Great Gatsby.
No, but Barbara used to write stories and bad poems on an old typewriter like this one in her grandfather’s office whenever she visited her grandparents for holidays. This particular typewriter pictured belonged to Ernest Hemingway. Barbara traveled to Cuba as a student in 2013 to learn more about this canonical author. This is one of the rooms in which Hemingway sometimes worked.
Absolutely! Especially iconic art like this, which is important to the history of the United States. (She also likes exploring anywhere new with her family. This art museum is in Arkansas.)
Good guess, but this is Barbara dressed up as an elf to go to the premier of The Hobbit. Though she rarely writes fantasy of any sort, J.R.R. Tolkien has long been at the top of her list of favorite writers. She thinks every kid should read the Lord of the Rings books before going to see the movies based on them.
Yes! Whilst she’s taught high school, she always loves talking to younger students about the importance of their ideas and why writing is worth doing. She presented The Monster Boring and The Book Garden in schools from Georgia to California and states in between!
Yes. School is a wonderful place to explore different forms of writing, and Barbara had several plays produced when she was a student at Georgia Southern University.
No! Sometimes a writer has work accepted because it fits an editor’s needs. Sometimes a writer has work rejected, even when editors liked that work, as in the rejection pictured above.
Additionally, sometimes a writer is paid. Sometimes a writer knows she (or he) won’t make any money for hours of effort, but she still tries to place a piece in a particular journal for different rewards.
The real bottom line is that a writer must believe enough in what she is doing to keep writing… regardless of what happens with what she submits for publication.
NO!!! But this particular bit of splashed paint is just good advice. No matter what you are doing–writing, reading, teaching, learning, raising goats, or whatever else–make sure you “Live a Great Story.”
In other words… no matter how you spend your limited time on this planet, have a great life.
Perhaps this starts with doing what you love.