Musings, reflections, and poetry from an educator, aspiring author, lifelong logophile, and history lover.
“You can make anything by writing.”
When I was 13, my English teacher gave us an assignment that changed my life. It was the first time I wrote an original poem. His encouragement inspired me to continue writing, to journal, to read more, and to allow my creativity to take shape in written form. I will always be grateful to him for that. Writing has been my constant companion ever since. As a lover of words, how could it be anything but?
I’ve spent my life immersed in words. First as a student, then as a teacher, and today as a technical writer and editor. Along the way, I’ve kept journals chronicling my adventures, my original works of poetry, the love notes I’ve written my husband, and perhaps most importantly, the lessons I have learned along the way. To me, the true gift of words is in sharing them, and A Moth to a Flame | The Journal of a Life is my vehicle. As a novelist, Joseph Conrad so eloquently said, “My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel–it is, before all, to make you see.”
I hope I achieve even one of these through this journal.
~ Jennifer Nelson Fenwick (© 2018)