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  1. Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    January 20, 2020 @ 15:37

    You have such an amazing journey, Juneta! Sounds like the theme park was loads of fun 🙂

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    • admin2
      January 20, 2020 @ 16:45

      Thank you. The theme park was fun.

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  2. Gwen Gardner
    January 18, 2020 @ 15:14

    How nice that your mother supported your book habit!

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    • admin2
      January 20, 2020 @ 16:45

      Yes, my mother encouraged me to read.

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  3. JQ Rose
    January 17, 2020 @ 10:51

    I think Disney needs to open another whole park in a different location so there would be 2 parks. So sorry visitors spend all that money and the lines are so long they can’t get on many rides. 2parks might help with the congestion too. But probably each park would be packed anyway! You sounds like a real fan! I like your idea of long term planning, but 4 series at once? Whew…I’d never be able to keep all the characters straight! Best wishes on your wonderful plans and congrats on the publications. Great post.
    JQ Rose

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    • admin2
      January 20, 2020 @ 16:44

      Oh yeah, I am a mega fan just short of fanatic probably. I have always been inspired by Star Wars. Well, not exactly at once, I work on one at a time but alternate. I picked one this year and I am focusing on it. Thank you.

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  4. Raimey Gallant
    January 17, 2020 @ 05:58

    Reading Gone With the Wind at age seven? Writing stories in a journal at age nine? You were obviously always going to be a writer. Amazing. Love that picture of you. 🙂

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    • admin2
      January 20, 2020 @ 16:42

      Thank you.

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  5. Elizabeth Seckman
    January 16, 2020 @ 21:27

    Once I started reading, I was reading everything from all grade levels. Both of my parents were avid readers. They could both read a book a day. I didn’t get that gene! I wish I did.

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    • admin2
      January 20, 2020 @ 16:42

      When I was younger I could more than one book a day if I put my mind to it, but reading 4 to 5 a week was not unusual.

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  6. J.H. Moncrieff
    January 14, 2020 @ 08:33

    Wow, you’re definitely a true fan.

    I’m an only child as well, and it was the same thing with my mother, thankfully. She never restricted what I read, which I’m sure she regretted sometimes, as it resulted in a LOT of questions.

    Happy 2020! All the best in the New Year. Thanks for volunteering to be an early listener–I’ve put your name on the list. Hope you love Dragonfly Summer!

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    • admin2
      January 14, 2020 @ 11:07

      *Squeal in delight* Looking forward to listening. Congrats to you. You are inspiring and awesome.

      My mama may have felt the same way she said my middle name was why lol.

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  7. Damyanti
    January 13, 2020 @ 12:37

    That’s an amazing journey!

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    • admin2
      January 13, 2020 @ 13:14

      Thank you and thanks for visiting me too.

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  8. Toi Thomas
    January 13, 2020 @ 09:19

    I’m late making the rounds, really late, but thanks for stopping by my blog.
    It’s wonderful that your mother nurtured your love of reading.
    It’s sweet that your love of writing came out of your love for reading.
    I too write a bit of fanfiction but haven’t really shared any of it.
    I admire your accomplishments.
    Your adventure at Disney sounds like so much fun.

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    • admin2
      January 13, 2020 @ 13:14

      Thank you. We had a great time.

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  9. Liesbet
    January 12, 2020 @ 15:06

    Wow, you’ve been writing for a long time. And, reading from a young age sure helped develop your writing skills and imagination! Like your mom, mine took us to the library (actually two – one in the town we lived and one in the city she worked) every three weeks. We could each take five books home (library rules) from each place and they were always read by the time we returned three weeks later. I loved reading at a child. I still do, but I have very little time for it. I must be the only writer who rarely reads books!

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    • admin2
      January 13, 2020 @ 13:13

      Yes, I loved going to the library as a kid. I checked out the max too.

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  10. Janet
    January 11, 2020 @ 19:49

    So jealous you got to go to the new Star Wars land! I’ve also been a fan since the original release of A New Hope. Loved Rise of Skywalker and the Mandalorian series on Disney+ (which I insist on referring to as the Baby Yoda Show. My husband is starting to pick up that habit too.)

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 19:56

      It was awesome. I had a really good time.

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  11. Olga Godim
    January 11, 2020 @ 17:08

    Your writing journey seems fascinating and multifaceted. A wonderful post.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 19:12

      Thank you.

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  12. Renee Scattergood
    January 11, 2020 @ 10:23

    Oh, I’m so jealous! I can’t wait to get back to Disney World and see all the new Star Wars stuff. I especially can’t wait to take my daughters there. 😀

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:32

      It was great and definitely worth the visit.

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  13. tara tyler
    January 10, 2020 @ 19:29

    so much info!
    love all the star wars guys and gear! how awesome. (and I never try to ride a new ride in the first year–tho this star wars ride may stay popular much longer than that!)

    gone with the wind at 7? wow. lovey beginnings story =)

    happy 2020!

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:31

      Thank you. Happy 2020 to you too.

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  14. Adrienne Reiter
    January 10, 2020 @ 18:30

    Happy New Year, Juneta! I relate to this post. I’m definitely a work in progress. I’m never satisfied. Writers write, right? When Woody Allen was asked, “How have you become such a successful film maker?” He answered, “I showed up.” Happy IWSG!

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:31

      That is sage advice. Yes showing up is half the battle.

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  15. Pat Hatt
    January 10, 2020 @ 17:25

    School libraries are really fickle. Great that your mother and the public library let you read away whatever you wanted.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:30

      So true. Thank you for visiting.

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  16. Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy
    January 10, 2020 @ 16:53

    I’d love to visit the Star Wars section of Disney World one day.
    Your new ears are awesome 🙂

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:30

      I hope you get to visit one day too. It is worth visiting once at least in a lifetime. Thank you. A surprise it is. May the Force Be With You.

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  17. Chrys Fey
    January 10, 2020 @ 11:21

    You read Gone with The Wind at the age of 7?? Holy cow! I own it but still haven’t read it. That’s amazing! I had trouble reading as a kid. It wasn’t until I was 10/11 when I pushed myself to get better and then fell in love with reading.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:28

      Yep and a few others similar. It is a great book if you ever do read it.

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  18. Sadira Stone
    January 10, 2020 @ 10:22

    You’ve been a writer for quite a long time! So far, every entry I’ve read for this prompt mentions some sort of fan fiction–interesting. I wish you happy writing in January.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:27

      Thank you. Same to you.

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  19. Kalpana
    January 10, 2020 @ 10:11

    Juneta – I love the photo of you with the ears. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the details of your writing journey.
    Have a great year!

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:27

      Thank you. You have a great year as well.

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  20. J.S. Pailly
    January 10, 2020 @ 09:28

    It’s ridiculous how schools will restrict kids from reading what they want to read. When I was a kid, my teachers told my parents that I didn’t like to read. Meanwhile, I was reading tons of Star Trek and Star Wars novels. But according to my teachers, those sorts of books didn’t count.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:26

      I am rereading Star Trek’s Voyager Homecoming right now. Oh yeah, gobbled them all up too. That was stupid. Fictional stories help understand the world in some ways. I learned a lot about life through fiction.

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  21. Lynn La Vita
    January 10, 2020 @ 07:28

    Hi Juneta,
    I loved reading about your journey. What a memory you have for detail.

    I always loved to read, as long as I can remember. While in grade school, I started reading the Reader’s Digest from cover to cover. I always saved the condensed book for last.

    My real interest in writing started when we sailed from San Diego, California to Mexico with plans to sail through the Panama canal and on to the Mediterranean. That voyage didn’t happen, but there were plenty of adventures to write about.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:24

      Your sailing blog is so cool. I really enjoy your stories.

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  22. joylene
    January 9, 2020 @ 23:13

    Your mum sounds pretty awesome. Mine was too, but I still hid Gone With the Wind under my mattress when I was 13. Haha. I wasn’t sure how she’d feel about me reading such a grownup book. I used to use cut-outs in my stories, so I could arrange them during the exciting moments. LOL. They (my characters) seemed so real to me even then. Oh, my mum bought me my first diary/journal when I was eight.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:23

      LOL, I had already watched the movie with mama more than once, so she did not care that read the book. What is so funny my mother was not a fiction reader. That is so cool about the cut-outs and imaginative. That is about the age I received my first diary/journal too.

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  23. C. Lee McKenzie
    January 8, 2020 @ 23:34

    Moms who read and encourage us must have special awards, Juneta. So glad yours was there to encourage your early interest in writing.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:21

      Yes my mother always told me I could do anything I put my mind to doing.

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  24. Lee Lowery
    January 8, 2020 @ 21:18

    I read well above my age “level” and also encountered school library restrictions. Fortunately, the public library had no such rules. Loved Victoria Holt. I also read Shell Scott and Stanley Gardner “before” my time.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:20

      I need to check those last two out. I have not read them.

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  25. Anna
    January 8, 2020 @ 13:32

    Love the whole collection from ears to BB8. I didn’t read for fun until Lord of the Rings. I discovered it in high school.

    Writing is another story. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:20

      I have always read for fun which is probably why I to write despite my hand writing being crap. Glad the invented the typewriter and the computer.

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  26. Pat Garcia
    January 8, 2020 @ 13:27

    Happy New Year!
    I was one of those early readers too. I would read anything that I got my hands on.
    Have a great year and an awesome start in the new decade.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:19

      I hope you have a wonderful year as well.

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  27. Julie Flanders
    January 8, 2020 @ 11:51

    Oh my gosh I remember reading Victoria Holt! I loved her books. That name is a blast from the past.
    My parents took me to the library a lot too and those are some of my fondest memories. 🙂

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:18

      I still remember the way she made me feel reading. My all-time favorite was “Shadow of the Lynx” and several more written in that time frame in her career. “On the Night of the Seventh Moon”, “The Time of the Hunter’s Moon”, “Bride of Pendorric” and more.

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  28. Natalie Aguirre
    January 8, 2020 @ 11:49

    Loved reading about your writing journey. Books were my friends as a kid too. Awesome that you have another anthology coming out this month.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:12

      Thank you.

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  29. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    January 8, 2020 @ 10:20

    Star Wars sparked a lot of writing and was also one of my inspirations.
    I hope to see the new Star Wars exhibit at Disney sometime soon.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:12

      It is my biggest and maybe first inspiration to write regularly. I hope you do too it was great fun.

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  30. L. Diane Wolfe
    January 8, 2020 @ 08:34

    I have one porg but I’d love another. Thanks for the tip on the ride. We hope to visit the park again this year.

    I read like crazy when I was a kid and fell in love with the Narnia books when I was 11.

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:11

      They are so cute, aren’t they? This one can sit on my shoulder. I wore him all around the theme park.

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  31. Erika Beebe
    January 8, 2020 @ 06:07

    Happy IWSG Day. I love your journey. Gone with the Wind at 7? Impressive! I would love to see the Millennium Falcon too! It sounds like you had a lovely time at the theme park, one of the items on my bucket list 🙂

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    • admin2
      January 11, 2020 @ 10:09

      Yes, the park was great fun. Thank you for visiting with me.

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