I started to write this post back in ... last year sometime. I'm inspired to send it out into the great space of the world wide interweb (as my mum used to call it!) because I am re-discovering myself and my business and what I wrote last year fits into sharing who I am and what I am about.
My story has only just started....
When I was 9 yrs old I was told off by my teacher for daydreaming too much. When I was 13 yrs old I was told to stop writing too much. When I was 16 years old I was told I should be a romance novelist - but please could I stop writing such long stories.
When I was 17 yrs old I stopped writing.
I am a day dreamer - always have been, always will be. But I have always wanted to write stories. I don't think I am very good at it. My ideas are all over the place, and my grammar is awful, my spelling atrocious! But my ideas are always spinning around in my head.
When I started creating Dress-a-Doll, I wanted to write stories about the dolls but didn't know where to start. As I started to take photographs the first year it snowed I was far too excited to get the dolls outside into the snow and get some scenes. That was it - just setting scenes. But as I posed them and talked to them (call me crazy - but yes I talk to the girls!) I started to see and imagine their personalities.
Mabel thought the snow was pretty, and liked the sound of it crunching under her feet. But she didn't want to get cold and wet when it came to making the snowman. Annie on the other hand couldn't wait to get her hands on the snow. And so their little characters came through. Of course my little brain started spinning with all these ideas of stories and the characters I could create. And so the process started. At least I took the first step. I'm not very good at disciplining myself to get moving on a project, as you may have noticed. I have great intentions, but it just never seems to happen. I have so many good ideas that I never know where to start - so I don't!
But then beginning of last year I met Andy Gibney, world medal holder and coach to the British Martial Arts team, a very straight talking, dry sense of humour guy - who "got me".