The Inspired Mic Spotlight – Jan Turney

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:


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I grew up in a small village in Ohio. When I was in grade school, we would walk to the library, which was located in a room in the town firehouse. Although I loved books and was an avid reader, I dreaded those trips. There were two ways to get to the firehouse, both involved going across a bridge. I had recurring nightmares about being on a bridge as it was crumbling behind me. I was thrilled when our school got its own library – several shelves of books in an old broom closet. I volunteered to work in it and read every book there.

My love of reading continued throughout my school years. They say you are either good at math and science or literature and history. Well, I was good at math and literature. I liked doing term papers, memorizing poems, (I can still remember a few) and writing book reports. I volunteered in the school library and was a member of our high school poetry club. When I moved recently, I found two of the books of poems we put together back then. I had a good laugh over how silly mine was, but it brought back a lot of memories.

I spent my summers and most of my spare time reading. I still do. In my twenties I got a little blank notebook and started jotting things down. Reading through it, I can tell where I was at different times in my life. Sometimes I was in a good, happy place, other times kind of dark.

Last year was a time of a lot of changes in my life. I moved to Flagler Beach and while taking early morning walks, started taking photos of the sunrise, waves, sea birds – whatever caught my eye. I started dictating words, thoughts, ideas to Siri, some of which turned into poems. I went back to my little notebook and expanded on some of my earlier writings. I met a St Augustine author who encouraged me to write and to read at Inspired Mic. I have proofread several of his novels.

As I ride the roller coaster of life, writing has become a catharsis in the downhill times and a joy on the upside. Working full time in retail leaves me limited time to read and write, but I manage to fit it in. Hopefully some day soon, I will put my ideas together and get them in print. Meanwhile I will continue reading and writing, and would love the challenge of another book to proofread.

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