My short? bio for the sunrise class.
WHO I AM, WHERE I CAME FROM, HOW I GOT HERE, WHERE I WANT TO GO
I am jennyj; my full name is Jennifer A. Jenson (my married name is Jennifer J. Cartwright). I will answer to any and alll of the above! I signed up for this class because I haven't taken a Creative Writing class since 1981. I graduated from law school, but that doesn't count as creative writing. (Law schooo tries to breed any and all creativity out of the law students; I feel lucky to have escaped with my soul.) I practiced law from 1984 until 2003, when my MS made me too physically disabled to practice. While my MS has been in remission for severak years, I am in a wheelchair and am hopefully learning to walk again. There is a very good reason why most humans don't wait until adulthood to learn to walk. The average beginning walker falls alot; I am now 6 feet tall and learning to walk again is a trip! After you don't stand up for awhile, you literally lose your balance. As is, can't stand up without balancing against somethingj like a bed or wall or walker. But I am pleasesd with my progress--I am doing self-directed PT and can pretty much stand myself up. I am trying to stay up for longer periods of time.
I currently write poetry. Right now, I am living with my husband and sister-in-law at her home; the household joke is that all I do all day is eat and write poetry. That's not quite true, but it is close. All I can say is "I'hank God for WDC." I am new in town and right now, my writing is my lifeline. I am beginning to pursue freelance writing jobs; I have only been in this situation for a few weeks and am still working the basic bugs out of my life first. My longterm goal is to publish poetry collections and be the poet laureate of the U.S.; right now, I don't even have access to all of my writing! It will be a long process. But you can't be very happy in a wheelchair unless you are patient and innovative. For me, it is the journey as much as the destination.
I like to write poetry and non-fiction. I like to read poetry, non-fiction, science fiction, memoir and inspirational writing.
I think that one of my biggest weaknesses in my writing is my typing; I also tend to ramble. I think a strength is my easy conversational style, and my love to do research.