In today's Featured Friday, please welcome EPIC member, Susan K. Stewart, as she gives us a peek into what makes her tick!
Introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? How has your personality shaped what you do?
Because I’m also a public speaker people are surprised to hear I’m an introvert. Introvert doesn’t mean shy or don’t like people; it means finding energy and strength in solitude and quiet. After a day of speaking, I need to spend time by myself to revive and restore. Sometimes I’m perceived as unfriendly because I don’t go to every social event and tend to leave early. I enjoy people. Like a good wine, it’s best enjoyed a couple of glasses at time rather than the whole bottle. I think it’s help me as a writer and editor. I have no problem spending days in my office working on projects.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A ballet dancer/brain surgeon. I started dancing when I was six years old. I don’t remember what prompted the brain surgery. I thought I could work on brains during the day, then be on stage at night. I was bitten by the writing bug in fourth grade when my poem was published in the school literary magazine. That bug never let go.
What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?
This is not really advice, rather ideas I try to follow. Cecil Murphey made two commitments to God, “First, I promised that I would never stop learning and improving as a writer. Second, I promised I would do whatever I could to help other writers. I’ve tried to offer help and to find more opportunities of sharing what I’ve learned.” (http://www.cecilmurphey.com/teacher/)
I’ve always loved to learn. I was that kid in school who got excited about research projects and term papers. To never stop learning and improving as writer is a natural for me.
The other, to help other writers, hasn’t been so easy. Not because I don’t like helping others or I think other writers are competition. I’ve not had enough confidence in my gift to write to think I could help others. I like the idea so well, I gave it try.
It’s such a joy to share with others. It’s not that I know everything, sometimes I even learn along the way. More importantly, I get to know wonderful people.
Name a book/movie/TV show you hate that it seems everybody else loves.
It’s not a show I “hate.” I can’t hate a show I haven’t watched … “Game of Thrones.” It seems to be an obsession on my social media feeds. I also have friends who are enamored with “Downton Abbey.” In fact, I visited a friend in California who scheduled a tour of a special exhibit about “Downton Abbey” for us. She was surprised I didn’t watch it. Maybe someday I’ll binge watch a season to see what all the fuss is about. But I’m sure I have friends who wonder about my watching of the “Walking Dead.” ☺
What is your favorite line from a book, movie, song, or poem?
Actually, it’s two lines from the same song, Paul McCartney’s Fine Line. The song begins with “There’s a fine line Between reckless and courage.” Then a later verse opens with “There a long way Between chaos and creation.”
At the time the song was released, my son was just diagnosed with a serious mental illness. It’s amazing how the dichotomy of “reckless/courage” and “chaos/creation” describe our lives at the time. (Songwriters: Paul McCartney Fine Line lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.)
Now I think it describes my writing life. It takes courage to be reckless with writing … to just write without being concerned about rules or even the opinion of others. My work truly goes from the chaos of scribbled notes and ideas to the creation of a written piece.
About Susan: When she’s not tending chickens, peacocks, and donkeys, Susan K. Stewart teaches, writes, and edits non-fiction. Susan’s passion is to inspire readers with practical, real-world solutions. Her books include Science in the Kitchen and Preschool: At What Cost? plus the award-winning Formatting e-Books for Writers. You can learn more at her website!
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