Scribblings and Musings

Welcome to my World

Biography

Born near Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas in April 1976, I developed a passion for telling stories as a child. It stemmed from my imagination, as well as wanting to be a dancer, singer and a race car driver. There were so many things I wanted to do as a child, and even still want to do as an adult.

From 1980-1985, I was raised in Southern California less than 100 miles from a Marine Corps base. That would play a role in my life, not only growing up, but in my future as well. My mom; a single, working mother; always made time for me. She was never too busy to spend time with me, or play with me.

My mom encouraged my insatiable appetite for reading and knowledge (even now she still does). She would buy “work-books” so that I could advance my learning skills during the summer. Most of those books dealt with vocabulary and reading, and after a short time, I had passed through all the levels (which only went up to 6th grade at that time). In 1st and 2nd grade, I had an advantage over other children.

But, my smarts scared off potential friends and I only had one good friend in elementary school during 1st and 2nd grade. She was amazing! I still miss her and hope to someday reconnect with her.

By the time I was in the 7th month of 2nd grade, I had the vocabulary comprehension and expression of an 8th  grader in the 9th month of school according to my California Test of Basic Skills. I had a tendency to wander around, but what I needed was more challenging work, my teacher at the time missed the mark on that. Something my mother knew I needed, but alas, teachers know better….right?

In 3rd grade, I was going to a 5th  grade class for reading. It seemed there was no end of my pursuit of knowledge.  I enjoyed going to the library to check out book after book. Instead of playing on the playground or in parks, I loved to read. Reading took me places I couldn’t go, and I could be people I wouldn’t get to be.  So, it makes sense as an adult I would want to write 🙂

By 4th grade, I was in Las Vegas, NV where my zest for knowledge was quelled because teachers did not want us to read or be taught above our grade level. By high school, I was withdrawn from the program due to a serious illness at the time. This proved to be a bright spot in my life. I think it shaped me as a person, and it gave me more time for something I cherish…my writing.

Between 1992 and 1994, not only was I able to continue my high school education at a rapid pace, but I began writing to pass the time in between my “study plans”. My writing had significantly improved since my junior high school days; however it wasn’t near what I wanted it to be. But, as with everything, it was a work in progress. The more I worked on it, the better it got. Practice truly makes perfect.

I graduated on January 3, 1994 with a “B” average without the direct supervision of teachers. That would be 5 months before the Class of 1994 was set to graduate, so I met two goals—graduate with a “B” average and graduate early. As always, I was ahead of myself.

Immediately after high school, thinking I would pursue a career in the healthcare industry, I enrolled in a career class for a Medical Office Assistant. While I graduated from the class with a high grade and earlier than normal, it didn’t fulfill me as I thought it would. In addition, because of a financial setback, I was unable to pay for the course to obtain the diploma. Perhaps, that was another sign of what was yet to be.

From January 1995 to November 1997, I decided to become an AVON Independent Sales Representative as I loved working around people. My mother had been an AVON rep and I knew the products, great career, or so I thought.

Try doing that without a car and a good customer base; but, I did it. For the two years I was a representative, I made the “President’s Club” and achieved yearly sales of over $8,700.00. That wasn’t bad for a 19-20 year old.

Again, it didn’t fulfill me. As my customer base decreased, so too did the sales. Away that job went.

As I am often told … “where one door closes, another opens…”

As I often wonder… “why the heck open them, if they’re going to close?”

On September 11, 2001 my life changed (as I am sure most people’s lives changed that day as well). For me, it was personal ….

Without going into much detail, I found my sense of purpose that day. Barbara G. Edwards, A lady whose name was similar to my mother’s (Barbara A. Edwards) of Las Vegas, NV (where we were residing) was killed on the flight that hit the Pentagon.

It wasn’t my mother, but she was someone’s mother.

I knew what my purpose was—prevent any future attacks on our nation and profile threats.

Easier said than done. How I was going to do that was a mystery, but I was determined. Once I become focused and determined, I usually meet my goals.

First, I had to overcome some very dark days ahead …. and trust me, there were quite a few. I am not proud of them, but I had to heal, slowly though and in my own way.

April 2003 was the turning point. It seemed the stars had aligned and everything was falling into place, though I wouldn’t quite recognize it at the time though.

That month, I got my first computer, and I started a journey. I found peace and solace in the once place familiar to me, and that was my writing. I was safe there. Oddly, enough, on 4/22 and 4/29 (my birthday), two episodes of JAG would launch NCIS, which would again provide some motivation to me.

The internet led me to reconnect with old friends, establish new friends and discover a whole new world. Slowly the bad days became fewer and the good days gave me some great material for my writing.

In 2005, I had my first steady job. And, as usual …. doors opened, closed and opened; it became the norm for me. I also got to take in my first NASCAR race, which has led to a yearly “mini-vacation”, and a photography hobby.

By 2010 I was a full-fledged Twitter user, Facebook user, photographer, and NCIS fan. I had reconnected with more friends and made a few new ones as well.

2011 …

I’ve fulfilled a life-long goal of driving on a NASCAR speedway, which has been a lot of fun and I have plans to do it again …

Thanks to Facebook and NCIS (which is watched by the majority of my family) — I have reconnected with my family and traveled to one of my hometowns recently, with plans to visit more often and HOPEFULLY move back to the place I still call home. I may have left it back on 8/27/2011, but it is still in my heart.

I am currently within 2 classes of completing my first year of college towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Forensic Psychology and Homeland Security.  It took me over 9 years after the attacks to get there, but I am now studying what I have wanted to.

On September 6, 2011 I start my classes in Composition I and Introduction to Criminal Justice, 5 days before the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that led me to this degree (as well as NCIS).

When it comes to hobbies, I have a lot things that keep me busy:

Reading, writing (my own tie-in stories with  TV series or my own stuff),  jewelry making, computers & games, and that stuff you do with the yarn (crocheting) 🙂 There are not enough hours in the day to do all that and sleep too.

Once I graduate from college I would like to work with the real NCIS as an analyst. If not, I would love to write romance, romantic suspense novels or even for a TV show. Yes, I would love to write for NCIS. But, I am keeping my options open.

My music tastes vary depending on my mood or what I am writing. I enjoying listen to some Evanescence,  Brooks & Dunn, Jo Dee Messina, Lee Ann Womack, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Joss Stone, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Eagles, Faith Hill, Nancy Sinatra, Van Morrison. In addition—some Disco, Country, Rock/Pop, NCIS soundtrack/score & some Movie Scores.

I don’t do classical or rap. But if you want to know who else I listen to, drop me a line or ask. I will tell you 😉

Favorite Authors: I like John Grisham, Jennifer Blake, Debbie Macomber, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steel & miscellaneous Harlequin Intrigue writers (too many to list).

Favorite TV shows:  NCIS, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, VEGA$ (1978), Scarecrow & Mrs. King, Charmed, Nash Bridges, and Profiler.

I think that sums it all up….

Oh, remember I grew up not far from a Marine Corps base? Not only was my uncle’s first wife (USMC) stationed out there, he (a retired Petty Officer, USN) worked at the fire department on the base. And, what does NCIS investigate? Marine Corps and Navy. So, it seems that has always been a part of my life.

I read this once, and believe it … “You’ve always known who you are. It’s just sometimes you need to slow down, look around, and find yourself again.” And, that is what I have done, and continue to do.

This is who I am. I hope you enjoy getting to know me. I remain, at heart a southern girl. My values are simple: family, friends, God.

Marie Edwards 

 

 


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