Welcome to my web page! I am Sue Armstrong, novelist, short story teller, poet, and blogger. I have been writing in some form or another most of my life, with a few lean years mixed in. My lifelong dream has been to be a published novelist--check out my "Books" page! My first novel, ALLEYCAT, is available on Amazon. Read my blog on here for more insight to my writing process and history of "getting started."
I enjoy music, although my singing consists of any lyrics set to "Are You Sleeping" or "Twinkle Little Star." I am a huge fan of Bob Dylan and John Lennon; I could probably listen to their music forever. My iPod playlist is half Dylan or Lennon songs. I admire those who can sing, play an instrument, perform in front of a crowd without a cheat sheet in hand. I am fortunate to have siblings who can do those things and I can enjoy them from the sidelines.
I suppose my "music" comes in the form of poetry. I rarely use rhyme or worry about meter, but I do write from my heart. Poetry for me is a form of therapy and reflection, a way to deal with often emotional aspects of our world. I have had opportunities to read my work in public, the performance side of my "music", and actually enjoy doing it (but it has taken a few years to get more-or-less comfortable with being front and center).
Dancing is another joy of mine (and another thing that finds me talentless). I have taken swing dance lessons and can step out on a dance floor and have a wonderful time, even with just my basic knowledge and steel-toed shoes. The best dancing, though, comes when I'm alone in the house and the curtains are closed and some great tunes are blasting out of my speakers.
I enjoy cooking and have recently begun researching and trying more vegetarian and vegan recipes. We watched a few documentaries...sure makes us more mindful when we're shopping and eating. Old habits are not so hard to change, after all.
I used to be a preschool teacher (officially since 1986 but aspiring long before that) and recently retired from fulltime teaching. The profession has changed greatly over the years and I found it increasingly difficult to stay true to my particular philosophy of how children learn best, so retirement came at a good time. I still substitute teach and work on some adult teaching/training, which is a good challenge for me and keeps me current on professional standards. Now I get to pursue my other lifelong dream--being a writer!
I have three grown children, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren (so far!).