This is Frances   103 comments

We can´t all be Shakespeare  -  but we might as well try.New Image2
I love writing. And like all writers, I blame my parents.
There are two very good reasons why you can blame your parents, if you turn out to be a writer. They were either a severe disappointment in your youth and in order to find some form of family identity and love you started to create characters experiencing family relations and love in a way you never could. Or, and this is why I blame my parents, your parents were amazing and surrounded you with books and love and space to explore both and granted you the freedom to become who you want to be.
My parents never told me that I shouldn´t or couldn´t be a writer. When I was in fifth grade and we had to write an essay in school discussing how we imagined life to be in twenty years from then, my mother only made sure that I ate and drank, because when I got home from school that day, I told my mother that I hadn´t had enough time in class to tell the teacher what I really thought life would be like in twenty years from now and I started writing and till late that night I filled a whole notebook with my ideas about the future.
My parents didn´t laugh when I told them that instead of being a princess or a vet or a beauty queen, I wanted to be a writer. Neither did they make fun of me when I, only ten years old, told them that I had writer´s block. Instead, my father told me stories about his youth and my mother bought me new books, both trying to ignite my imagination once more.
When I told my parents that I want to study languages and be a teacher, they told me to go ahead and be whatever I want to be. Not once did they tell me that writing is one of the unprofitable arts that would probably leave me broke and heart-broken at the same time. On the contrary, they gave me books, told me stories, helped me to save enough money to buy my own computer and even though they let me go eventually (like all parents do), I know they never shake their heads behind my back, roll their eyes and say She wants to be a writer, can you believe it?!
I probably shouldn´t be talking that much about my parents seeing that this about page should be about me, but without them I wouldn´t be here and this blog would not exist and the thousands of stories in my head would never be written and all the characters I know and love would forever remain shady silhouettes in my imagination and would never be given the chance to have a life of their own.
So here it goes. I am a writer. I might not be as good as others, but I write because I want to, because I love stories, because I love my characters and because I can´t go to bed and sleep if there is still a character awake in my mind, telling me to get the hell up and tell his or her story. I love teaching and I reckon I will be a wonderful teacher once I get through teacher training, but in my heart I´m a storyteller.
Browse around, enjoy reading, comment. And if you wish to contact me in person, feel free to contact me via email. I´d be happy to engage in a conversation with you.

email: storiesbyfrances@gmail.com

Posted August 5, 2012 by storiesbyfrances

103 responses to “This is Frances

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  1. Great writing! You really inspire me more about writing! Love your blog and the contents. Hope to read more from you! Happy blogging and Goodluck! Hugs, Laika

  2. your new picture is truly great – the lighthouse and landscrape, the snow and especially the sun.

  3. i like your writing style..way to go!

  4. Like your way of wiriting! Good luck in the future! :)

  5. Really enjoy your writings. I see a best selling book in the future…

  6. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. :) Your vision and thoughts are indeed a revelation. Great work. Keep blogging.

  7. wished I had such kind of a teacher! lovely-awesome written!!

  8. My parents have always been really supportive too. As a young child, my mum would read out stories while my dad would make them up. I had books everywhere. I look forward to reading more of your blog :)

    • We both are very lucky to have parents who support is in what we want to do. I think it´s great to have parents who read to you. Books are amazing companions!
      Feel free to browse around. Welcome to storiesbyfrances.

  9. A wonderful About page! I’ve felt the same way about writing so many times.
    For me writing is a therapy, a way to relax and let the pressure off, a way to find myself, to evolve, to answer some of life’s questions and so on. My thing is not storytelling, though, but every writer has his own style, way of letting everything in his head out. And everytime the result is a beautiful collection of words and emotions.
    Wish you all the best with writing and teaching, you’ve chosen a very interesting field which is as rewarding and beautiful as misunderstood and not appreciated enough.
    You seem like a great person and I can say I understand you partly, because just like you I love writing, books, languages, and teaching (although I haven’t tried it).
    Take care and always keep that light ignited!

    • It is therapeutic, that´s for sure.
      And you are right about one thing: People should walk slower :) Otherwise they miss things :D
      Thanks very much for stopping by my blog and for leaving this heart-warming comment. I really loved it!

  10. Well said! It’s wonderful to hear how encouraging your parents were. Parents and teachers can make such a difference in a child’s life–as do the books they’re reading. When those children grow up to write great books, the gift passes on to a new generation of readers. :)

  11. Hi Frances! Thank you for dropping by my blog and liking one if my post. Keep up writing. You are inspiring many.

  12. Yeah! Be a proud geek! :)

  13. Nice blog, wonderful pictures and keep going with you adventure spirit.

    I say hi from Uruguay.

    Cheers to you!

  14. Hi I like your blog. I love the humor you put into your writing.

    Kaye

  15. Well, hello there Frances. Nice to meet you. Thanks for liking my 40 must see photos of Italy. I bet your life is forever changed :) Ciao.

  16. I love your blog!!!Kissess and Hugs

  17. Hiii…Nice to meet you :)

  18. Hi Frances! Good luck on your writing endeavors! Thanks for following my blog :) You’re so pretty! Has anyone ever told you that you look like Alison Brie?

    • Aww, Lily, you are so sweet :)
      No, no one has ever told me I look like Alison Brie. And since she´s smokin´ hot I take that as a compliment and am happy as a lark, jumping up and down with joy :)

  19. Hi Frances, nice blog. In the hunt for an everlasting supply of ink (and paper), I traded in pen and paper for a tablet, a good quality notes app and a stylus. It works for me. I am looking forward to reading your short stories.

  20. I thought I was the only person under the age of 50 who hated TV these days! Relief that I am not the only one who enjoys writing :D thanks for re blogging my poetry x

    • It´s the two of us against the rest of the world, or so it seems :)
      I really loved your poem very much. I got homesick instantly – and read it again and again and then had to reblog it.

      • That’s the reason I wrote it! I moved to Kent from South London in Feb for University and I really miss the fast life of London! Where are you from ?

      • So do I. I´m now German-based, but I had the chance to live in London for a long time and I miss it so much.
        I can totally understand why everyone seems to miss London once they have to leave.

  21. Hey!
    Love your writing! I can relate to so many of your stories. Never ever stop, okay?! Good! ;)

  22. Very interesting introduction!!! Good to
    Meet u…

  23. How wonderful to meet you… I look forward to reading more :)

  24. It is a pleasure to meet you, Frances. Beautiful Gravatar, by the way!

  25. just thought how truly great and inspiring your blog is! well done, and go for it!

  26. Hi Frances, nice to meet you on here. I like what you have to say and I’m looking forward to reading your great blog.
    It would be good if we can share views on things in the future, we have some things about writing, in common.
    I too write my posts on the computer but also take notes, usually at bedtime, when I have a thought on a point that I ‘must’ include!
    Take care and my best regards, James :-)

  27. Hi Frances, Thanks so much for stopping by and liking my post! Loved your comment. :) It’s really great to meet you and I’m glad to find your blog! I will be following and look forward to reading more!

  28. I like your ‘about’ page, it’s so honest and pro-active! Don’t you wish all of that pondering and those genius insights your brain comes up with when your trying (and failing) to get to sleep could be recorded somehow so you could write it down?

    • Yes! I wish there was some recording device that would just write down my thoughts for me and put them in categories like “short stories”, “Pulitzer material”, and “Where´s the dustbin? Oh, right, over there…”. My thoughts keep me from falling asleep almost every night. I keep pen and paper close to the bed, but that doesn´t always do the trick. But if you ever go through the same thing, try Death Cab for Cutie´s record Transatlanticism. It´s so soothing, you will fall asleep right away (and I don´t mean to say that their music sucks, I mean to say that it so great and calmative that even my busy mind will come to rest).
      Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it.

      • Cool I’ll definitely try, I’ve been meaning to get into them properly. Check out ‘That Home’ by Cinematic Orchestra my mate drums with them and recommended it to me as something more gentle. To be honest I cry every time I hear it as it’s so lovely, so maybe not late at night!

      • You can listen to the whole Death Cab for Cutie record on youtube. Honestly, it´s the only record I can play from beginning to end without skipping a track.
        Found That Home on youtube. It really is an emotional song. I will try it tonight. Thanks for the suggestion.

  29. I admit, will be the first to do so, that I need to write more if I want to get good at it, but I have never had the issue you have. I always run out of words (good ones anyway) while the pen still has plenty of ink.

    I used to prefer pen and paper. Rheumatoid arthritis took that away form me. The keyboard is best for me now ( I have tried the Dragon and cannot get the knack of it).

    Liked your page so far

  30. Hey friend

    I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award (can hardly be your first) because you make me smile and that goes a long way with me.

    You can see what I know of the rules at: http://createdbyrcw.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/sunshine-award/

  31. Hi Frances,back in Jan,2013 l wrote you a comment.Now ,first l like to thank you for following my blog.You have the right idea to be a successful writer and novelist.You have the ambition and you have the tools to shine like a star.Sincerely jalal (please read my about)

    jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com
  32. Its a delight to visit your blog.Wishing you the best.jalal

    jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com
  33. well, you love what you do. And that’s where i follow you!

  34. You are a very interesting person, i have red your headline and good luck with what u do and never give up

  35. Thanks for following me Frances! You have some great photos on your blog, Im looking forward to reading some of your stories when I get a chance! :)

  36. Awesome writings! I’d like to nominate you for the Liebster Award. I hope you accept it. Here is a link explaining the award: http://sheilamariegrimes.com/liebster-award-nominations/

    sheilamariegrimes
  37. Have you tried to publish any? Any luck? From my (unsuccessful so far) attempts to procure an agent, I’d imagine short stories are more difficult. And I really pity poets; no agents want them.

    • Published as in published on my blog? ^^ So far, none of my short stories have ever been published, unless you count a high school newspaper and a collection of short stories from my creative writing class. I think there is a market for short stories, but it´s quite difficult for writers of short stories to get published. Maybe you should enter short story writing competitions. The range of these competitions is usally broader and might lead to one of your short stories being published in magazines or newspapers.

      • Actually, I did write one for the Baltimore CITY PAPER, but I missed the deadline. D’oh! It’s there for me when I can get to other such contests, but I’m too busy w/ other stuff. I don’t intend to publish it on my blog because it’s not as funny (and good) as the stuff on my life for the books. I created the blog just to pique agents’ interests after I consult them. But now that I’m in the editing stage for my books, I blog a lot as a creative outlet.

        I also have ideas for other stories, but don’t really want to invest any more time until if/when what I’ve done starts to pay off.

  38. Howdy Frances! Nice meeting you on the blog-o-sphere! Wonderful nonsense is fabulous. Cheers!

  39. That’s me, too. I’d far rather write and read than watch TV. Cool site! Interested to check out your stories.

  40. Hello You have a very nice blog here. I love your collections! Keep spreading the joy and beauty by stories to the world, my friend.
    Thanks Cyril

  41. You have so many awesome photos!

  42. I hope you don’t get me wrong, but I couldn’t read this short post just because I was distracted by this beautiful girl on the right, just looking at me ;) Seriously, it took me some effort not to look back every few seconds xD

  43. Fascinating post.how about recording your thought before start ?just an idea,.I think you be a successful writer.Best wishes.jalal

    jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com
    • Jalal,
      thank you very much, that´s really very sweet of you.
      The thing is, and most bloggers will probably agree, that the post usually only comes into existence the moment I start writing. Sometimes, I don´t even know where I´m going and in the end it turns out to be something totally different than I had thought it would be.
      Plus, I´m old-fashioned about writing. I love to jot down ideas and I only type them, because it would take me ages to hand-write it.

      Cheers,
      Frances

  44. I totally agree about reading/writing rather than watching TV….it’s actually kind of depressing to let your own life pass by because you’re watching other people live!

    Cheers to you!
    Courtney Hosny
    http://www.oneweektocrazy.com

    • Hey there, Courtney,
      Don´t get me wrong, I do watch TV. But only on the very rare occassions that there is actually anything good on. And that´s rarely ever the case.
      Lately, I´ve picked up photography as a pastime and I´m telling you, it´s so much more fulfilling than stupid TV shows.
      But you are right about the depressing part of TV. Plus, their lives aren´t half as fabulous as ours :)

      Frances

  45. Now you’re thinking like a writer.
    Keep the pen moving. (or…the computer…)

  46. I too like it the old-fashioned way….May your pens get refilled soon :-) Good luck

    If possible , please review/comment my small work -THE FALL, thanks

  47. Each “writer”/blogger has his (in my case: her) way to go about. I just like the old-fashioned way. But I´m also the kind of person that sniffs a new book´s pages :)

  48. yeah, right, so using pen and paper is more like a sieve for me, whether I like what I write.

  49. I just love taking notes. It has become a rather old-fashioned thing to do. Few people bother to simply jot down things on paper anymore. I enjoy it, though. And note taking is to capture random thoughts. So don´t think before jotting down ideas. However, I have to admit that I compose my posts on the computer. But deleting or revising is so easy when typing on a computer, isn´t it?

  50. like your attitude!
    my way to save some ink: thinking before writing.

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