The Inspired Mic Spotlight – Marybeth Jeitner

I asked Inspired Mic presenters to send me a little something about themselves and what they write. I gave them free reign to pick and choose material about themselves that would be informative and promotional. As The Inspired Mic grows, potential audience participants would like to know something about those who steel their nerves and get up in front of a live audience to present their creativity. In the following days leading up to the October 21st event, each of the October readers who send me their info will be In the Spotlight:


Marybeth picMarybeth Jeitner


A few days ago, a young woman who is pregnant with her first child, said to me in all earnestness, “You are pretty wild, aren’t you?”

How interesting, I thought and replied, “Well, I think I’m just me.”
What people

see, I think, is that I am an older woman with tattoos and dreadlocks who appears to be confident and outgoing. People who know me describe me as passionate, intelligent, self-expressive, helpful, friendly and kind. But I think they are just being kind. Those same qualities can often be detrimental. I tend to be over-zealous about things such as animal rights, the environment, and personal responsibility for choices and I want everyone to feel the same way. I have little tolerance for apathy. And I sometimes I can be too smart for my own good.

What I know about me is that I have learned much about life the hard way. I am a hippie still, a rebel, a fighter for a cause. I care little what people think of me because I know that I have compassion for all life and strive to do no harm to people or to nature. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the life I live. I don’t fear death and rarely fear anything.

The things that really turn me on are good science fiction and many areas of the hard sciences. Quantum physics is a passion of mine. I read about it just for fun. I am a retired psychotherapist so behavior and the mind are also fascinating to me. I could watch a lizard go about her business of catching bugs at super-fast speed for hours. I marvel at clouds and the stars. The very thought of traveling into space excites me. I love seeing what Hubble sees and watching a rocket launch. I live for the beach, the waves and the warmth of the sun on my skin. But mostly now I love to write. Time stops, nothing else matters, and ideas flow as though I have been taken over by some other being.

There are some things I must do before I die. I want to hang-glide in Costa Rica, zip-line in Colorado, visit my son and daughter-in-law in Japan, and to leave a positive mark on people’s lives where I can. My greatest hope is to write awesome books to leave as my legacy.

To some I suppose I am a “wild woman” and to others I may be weird, crazy, or strange, but I am who I have created myself to be and I am a work in progress still. Best of all, I’m having the time of my life!

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