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FATE AND HER PLANS... BY PRITI J


Please help me welcome our own Priti J to the Writer's Journey Blog this week!


In a world where I could be anything - I chose to be a bank auditor. Then I started to complain about it, and even the bankers found me boring (with due respect to the colour grey)  "Get a major in finance," they said. "Join the exciting world of finance, they said!" Well, I'm looking for them now and they're hiding. If you see them, call me. There'll be a reward! I've travelled a bit, looking for them, and now can curse in nine languages. Yes, I have put sailors to shame.  So I quit, and right on time as my daughter chose to present herself then, and earned her moniker 'Jungle Girl.' It's been a long five years. Are bank audits exciting yet?  As you know by now, I also need to be told to stop talking. Never used a word where I could use four. "Better sense prevails," they said. "But nonsense persuades," I retorted. Now I'm hiding and they're looking for me. Don't tell them - there'll be a reward.  I also got a major in education while working - which thankfully nobody said I should. And did it come in handy. Tragedy struck, world came crashing down. Once, twice, thrice in a row: So, with a little daughter and a husband who was bed-ridden, I said to myself, "Now what?" The life of creature comfort I was used to was lost, and it got as grim as the reaper - the reaper was the elephant in the room.


Fortunately, I found myself in the midst of some excellent company (my husband Jay's friends initially - the writing community he was part of) who became my dear ones eventually, rallied around me, helped me up, and set me down on firm feet through every manner possible. I found more comfort in the kindness and compassion I was shown than ever. I'd always known writers to be a kind and sensitive tribe, and this reaffirmed my knowledge.  I got a job as a teacher, teaching the 5th grade, and Covid struck. Well, I can be a mule, and the ghost of creativity which lurks inside began to take over my soul. It whispered "Priti, how would you like to write?" I was too weak to fight it. I wrote, I showed my work to some stellar writer friends, and was told it was good. That I should submit. I did, and publications started to accept:

Grant at ICW Magazine - my first publication, CafeLit, Writers Club, Twine & Twain, Academy of the Heart and Mind, got accepted in a to be published anthology -  I've always loved poetry and humour so I began with these genres. I started to write more, and I found the sensitive variety too... speaks to me. So now I write all three.  The creative ghost wasn't satisfied with the writing I fed it - it had designs upon my mind. So I designed. I was encouraged to do more, write more, design more, and put it out there, by my friend, my benefactor and mentor, the man who pulled me up as I was slipping into a dark void and has held my hand since day one, still does - who has stayed up hearing me rant, consoled and advised me, invested heavily in my needs, and to whom I owe all my success and happiness - Steve Carr.  I put it out, and the community once again responded with alacrity. PritiJ Designs was added to Author PritiJ, and here we are, guest on this fabulous platform created by my dear friend Elaine, eternally and incredibly grateful to each and every member of the community who reached out with every resource possible to help me.  I hope I can never write well enough to be able to thank you enough. I shall like to remain in your debt of compassion lest I forget - for I shall like to pass on the kindness to someone who needs it, to stand up for someone, like you've done for me.  I warned you earlier. I need to be told to zip it. But will I listen?


Ah, that's another story... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



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Jim Bates
Jim Bates
23 jun 2020

Hi Priti J! It's so nice to hear from you and to learn more about you. I'm so happy we have met and gotten know each other through our various writing groups. You are a marvelously gifted and creative writer and I enjoy reading your poems and your stories. And I'm looking forward to my next collection of stories to come out so you can design the cover! Keep up the great work, my friend. You are a treasure :)

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Elaine Marie Carnegie
Elaine Marie Carnegie
22 jun 2020

Hello Everyone! Thank you so much for visiting my Blog and for supporting PritiJ. She is an amazing person. Mark Scheel from engineering to librarian was quite a leap and I am glad you made it to be a part of our community! Steve Carr is the bomb and thank you Kerri and PritiJ for your generous comments.

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iampritij
22 jun 2020

Kerri, I am fortunate to know you, and the support system this community has been, for me. Elaine is a gem, I agree. Steven has been my rock for a long time now, and I don't know where would I need, without him.

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kljesmer79
kljesmer79
22 jun 2020

Priti J, what a wonderful interview. And we have the same dear friend and mentor, Steve Carr, who is generous with his time, his funds when he can, his knowledge, his love. We are lucky to know him. And I am lucky to know you and Jay. Lots of love to you, my friend. And to Elaine, an incredible woman, too!

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iampritij
22 jun 2020

No one likes an auditor, Mark. It's the universal truth 😂 A librarian - you've found a goldmine.

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