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Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for ...

Elizabeth! Go figure . . .

And no, I promise you I am not narcissistic.

Something inspiring is mor like it ...
I am surprised of the journey I hav taken so far and am hopeful for what lies ahead.

I grew up in a hom where  the kids bee-lined it to their  bedrooms, screaming, "Dad's home, Dad's home--HIDE!" And we  meant it. We  were scared of him.

As a newly married woman so many years ago, I yearned to reinvent my parenting skills. My relationship with my father now is much different. Better--and we see  eye-to-eye (for the most part). The only reason why I bring up my past is because it amazes  me how far I've  come and that anyone in my position can most definitely  lead a happy and productiv life.

I coped with such atrocious circumstances through my art and writing. I combined the two very often and came up with graphic novel books that I had lost myself in. Of course they  are as cheesy as I'll get out, but through my characters, I learned how to deal with circumstances and even took out some of my aggression on them as I made  them endure situations, but I witnessed their growth as well. I had no idea that a few decades down the road I'd become published.

 I am glad that I had the  strength as a teenager to stick to the thing I loved most and turned it into something dreamers dream of becoming.

If I can do it, so can  you. Yes, you can let your light shine no matter your circumstances!

Would you care to share with us some of your roadblocks, and your action plan to clear them away?


  1. Hey Elizabeth, great post! To work hard at something and overcome the roadblock is a very well-deserved victory. Right now my roadblock to writing my book is my "real" life as a mom. They need me right now, it's their tumultuous teenage years, and I don't want them to remember those years as, "Shut the door! I'm working on my book". My time will come. I'm keeping my eyes on the goal and I WILL get there one day. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-Host of the April A to Z Challenge
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z #atozchallenge

  2. Glad your relationship with your father improved!

  3. Hi Elizabeth, wonderful post! :)

  4. Wonderful post.
    My post for today -

  5. Great post, but I had to copy-paste it into Notepad so I could read it!

    I am trying to read all the A to Z blogs, but coming back to the ones I really like.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do all month!

    The Other Side
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

  6. Great to learn more about you in this post! My biggest obstacle was finding the time to write. As a schoolteacher, I'm normally too drained from 6 hours of sleep and 12 hours at work followed by cooking and cleaning to do much writing. Now that I have changed careers, I have way more time to write, and my lifestyle is way happier and healthier!

    J.C. Martin
    A to Z Blogger

  7. Eeeee! That's a lot of e's. I think the perspective of becoming an adult and a parent makes us relate to our parents in a whole different why than when we were children.


  8. We both chose Elizabeth for our E. Just different Elizabeths.

  9. i love the name elizabeth--great post

  10. Hey Elizabeth,a great post :)

    Here's my E post:

  11. Great post! The roadblocks I have right now are in my head...with my writing mostly. Trying to figure out what is up with that and create a plan of've inspired me to kEEp at it!!

  12. Excellent post Elizabeth and much hard work must have gone into it getting all the e's. Most cleveryly done.


  13. Great post! I'll agree with a few other commenters that my roadblock is finding the balance. I don't want my kids to resent my writing, or feel it takes away from them, even if they take away from writing time. They're only young for such a short time...

  14. I'm glad you went for it- not always eesy to do. ;)

    Roadblocks? Just me.

  15. So many e's; so little time!

    As to those roadblocks, I guess the best way to look at them is they allow you to slow down and reevaluate the situation before you move on.

  16. Wonderful post, My "E"yes ar"E" bugging.

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    A to Z Co-Host
    IZOMBIE: Visit the Madness

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  18. the roadblock is finding financial security in writing so I can just write and not worry about working a full time job and writing on the side!
    Great E word...

  19. Love your post Elizabeth. It sounds like our childhoods are similar. I suppose writing is an outlet for me, as well. I look forward to reading more from you!

    I am a late participant and trying to get the hang of things, but I believe I'm supposed to leave a link to my post? I hope someone will let me know if I misunderstood!

    Kelly Stilwell

  20. I'm with you Kelly ..... wallowing around like a beached whale on this A-Z post. I never know when I'm doing something right and wind up with all kinds of screwy messages on my userid, google acct and everywhere but on the A-Z blog. Stick with it and good luck!

  21. It's wonderful that you stuck with what you loved the most, leading to fruitful results for you later down the line as an adult.

    Of all my roadblocks, one of mine is similar to Tracy's which is financial security by being able to make a living doing what I love without having to spend my time doing work that does not offer any type of spiritual, creative or mental fulfillment. My action plan to clear it away is to make more movies, put them up for sale and partner with organizations that can license my films.

    Another one of my roadblocks is a feeling of sadness that overcomes me frequently. My action plan to clear that away is to be more productive so I can stay busy and not have to think too much about the things that bring me down. That's all I have for now.


    Blog: The Madlab Post
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

  22. Can we guess what Elizabeth's favorite letter is LOL?

  23. All the formatted E's gave this post a quite distinguished look...very cool.

    I like your idea of writing stories to cope with life circumstances. I think I could work a character pretty good.

    I'm still staring at my roadblock with no plan. Maybe I'll "characterize" it...

    Very good post, indeed.

  24. I love that you stuck to what you loved. Brilliant post :)

  25. I grew up with an alcoholic father. He was a dream killer, so I'm grateful I'm able to tap into my creativity.

  26. Hi, ElizabEth. So good to rEad such an intErEsting post! I rEally EnjoyEd it. Isn't it wondErful whEn rElationships improvE? Thank you for your insights rEvElations.
    BEst wishEs, Ruby

  27. Very inspirational, I understand, thank you so much for sharing. A block I've had since fifth year at school has been my health. But I'm now studying from home, and learning to write, so hopefully one day it will all work out :)

    Universal Gibberish

  28. How sad to grow up afraid of you father. But I am glad your relationship with him has changed, that he has changed and that you are reaching towards your dream.

  29. Thanks yo much for sharing, Elizabeth. A great inspiring post. At the moment my roadblock is managing my time between my writing and other stuff. Still haven't found the balance yet. I guess just one day at a time, rearrange priorities. :)

  30. You are a shining success of someone who has overcome difficult circumstances and a sad childhood. I am recovering from an abusive relationship, and I feel more like myself now than I ever have before.

    Go. Create. Inspire!

    Play off the Page

  31. Thanks for such an honest post! Knowing you have over come the past to have a healthy outlook on life is inpsiring.

    Twitter: @Safireblade
    A to Z Blog Challenge

  32. Thanks for sharing your story. It was really great to read your post. I'm glad your relationship with your father improved. It's difficult, but important to keep our relationships with our family members strong.

  33. My sister and I named our favorite tree Elizabeth when we were little. It was. Little pine tree about four feet tall. We would put scarves and jackets on her when it got cold.

  34. I loved reading this because I too had an upbringing, I won't go into here ... but I was able to put the past behind me and be something different and better. I had help with some counseling and God. Yes, I believe in God. I am so happy to hear that you have had some amazing successes!

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  36. LOL I could barely pay attention because of all the Es. LOL I use writing sometimes to help with stuff, too. But that type of writing is different and never sees the light of day.

  37. Hello Elizabeth,
    Eeks and well done for being one of the few to realise that this being a leap year, one was suppose to incorporate the 'leap alphabet'. Although I informed the amazing hosts of this alphabet challenge that they were supposed to double the usage of the letter 'a' to balance out the leap alphabet on yep April Fool's Day, you, my illustrious friend, have come very close in appreciating what I was trying to um highlight by highlighting the letter 'e'. Well done and thank you.
    And our shy, humble and oh so unassuming friend, Lee, one of your congenial hosts, seems to think I'm the official 'Anti-A to Z spokesman.' Can ya believe that?
    Seriously Elizabeth and all you fine folks involved in the challenge that brings further awareness of the alphabet, have fun and happy writing.
    With respect and what the 'F' is next, Gary

  38. Can you believe I tried to COUNT all those E's!!! Great post!

  39. Glad you persevered in spite of your past. Those e's made me dizzy. :-)

  40. Being an Elizabeth I had to comment here. I have had some major roadblocks to overcome too! I still have more to climb over, or push over, or kick through. My plan of action is to survey the land, and even if there are giants in it, to possess it. I happen to know that giants do fall. So whatever the roadblock, I am up to the challenge. What's mine is mine.

  41. This is an awesome post. So many highlights on E and OFCOURSE, Elizabeth. (Loved that energy!!)

    I am posting late - I've been out of town all week. I preloaded only through D, silly me! Anyway - now that I am back I am looking forward to catching up with everyone!

    Much Word-love to you, my A to Z friends!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    twitter: @juliejordanscot
    E is for Elinor Wylie

  42. Ha! I was scared of my dad too :)! It didn't help that my mom was always saying, "Just wait until your dad gets home!". Glad you two see eye to eye now. I also now have a great relationship with my dad.

  43. Great post for E. Elizabeth Mueller is a wonderful author.

  44. I like the way you used the letter "e" in the end of each word.

  45. I blogged on EXPRESSION today. And it was during the blog that I realized it's more of a challenge to write the way I normally do than on these A - Z topics... where the topic is the hard part but the words come easily. So easily in fact that it's beginning to crush my personal EXPRESSION. It's not an easy thing... but because the subject matter is so important, I'm determined to push through.

  46. I loved looking at all those E's lit up like that. Great Eyecatching job and post. Thanks for your visit with me today.

  47. Wonderful post and very nice to meet you Elizabeth. I love your picture especially your smile!

  48. 50 Comments - impressive! Like the play on EEeee's!


    Great post, Elizabeth; my main roadblock is not getting into the habit of writing regularly.

    Jamie Gibbs
    Fellow A-Z buddy
    Mithril Wisdom

  50. Wha!!! What a Wonderful Write up
    Great Post indeed
    Road blocks are many but.....
    this space won;t be sufficient to jot down all LOL
    Keep posting
    Best Regards

  51. Elizabeth
    Loved the way the e took center stage
    I think many of us have experienced writing in a familiar fashion
    Glad to meet talented folks who love writing as much as I

  52. FANTASTIC!!!!! What a clever way to use letter "E" - and what a great subject. You have a fantastic way of writing and to play with words. Brilliant. Happy EEEeeEeEEeaster ...

  53. At the age of 50, I took up running after a lifetime of thinking it would be something I'd never do. Working through several pulled muscles, I'm now running almost 6 miles in a little over a year.

  54. What a clever post, Elizabeth...thanks for sharing your life with us! Sometimes I feel that those closest to me don't appreciate my writing, but, that doesn't discourage me...I keep on with my craft, knowing it's God's plan for me right now. Thanks for your encouragement!

  55. I loved the message, but the font was.. troublesome. Cute gimmick.

  56. Great post, though it hurt my eyes a little :). I am glad that you ended up doing the thing that you love.

  57. Great post, though it hurt my eyes a little :). I am glad that you ended up doing the thing that you love.

  58. Spotlighting the Es like that make my eyeballs bounce. Eeep! Thanks for the awesome comments!

    Happy E day!

  59. EeeEeeEeeEeek!

    Intreeeeeguing tale.

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  60. I am surprised that no one commented eeeeeeeks !!!! :-)
    Must have spend quite some time on this I suppose :-)


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