About me and my blog

Dear Visitor:

Thank you for stopping by.

I like to write. Journals, essays, memoirs, commentaries, anything I find interesting can make it onto a page or screen.

In 1976 I won a writing contest in junior high. In 1988 my mentor in college told me I had a voice and that I should write. So I did.

However, life happens and time passes…

In 2009 I began thinking about blogging when I saw the movie, Julie and Julia.

I joined the St. Charles Writers Group in the spring of 2015. Thanks to their feedback, an article I wrote about growing herbs was published on February 22nd, 2017 in The Kane County Chronicle, and they paid me for it.

Last year a writer gave a presentation to the writers group. She encouraged us to get our writing out there, allow people read our writing, and develop a following. She talked about websites, blogs, social media, and how we could use these tools to share our writing with the world. She was fearless and inspiring.

For a private person, of a certain age, the idea of ‘getting myself out there’ filled me with trepidation and held me back. Did I really want to put my life on the web? What if someone steals my stuff, sells it, and I never find out? What if nobody wants to read anything I have to say? A gal could drive herself batty thinking about all the negative possibilities.

All I know is that I don’t have all the time in the world. Even though time is free, it is not unlimited. It is precious. I can spend a lot of time thinking about what might happen instead of just doing it and finding out what does happen. I do know this: I enjoy writing and when people do what they enjoy, they usually do a pretty good job.

So let’s go and see what happens…

Why Coyote?

Everyone asks, “Why coyotesusan?” Let’s start there…

In the mid-90’s I chose the moniker, coyotesusan, for reasons having to do with Native American mythology of the trickster and the medieval English court jester. I related to coy trickery and fashioned myself as a gal who could jest honestly with her monarch and keep her head about her shoulders.

Today, looking back on the days since I became coyotesusan online, I see an aspect of myself in another likable, yet infamous, trickster: Wile E. Coyote of cartoon fame. I have mistakenly blown myself sky high, dropped anvils on my fat head, and stumbled over cliffs into abysses of which I never expected to emerge intact. Survive I did, but unlike Wile E., I eventually learned from my mistakes and now live to tell the tales in bits and pieces.

Today I remain a transplanted city gal living with my amazing husband on the edge of Chicago’s western suburbs. A rare creature, my husband, as he can rebuild a car transmission and help me build a website! I just have to refrain from ordering anvils from the Acme Corporation!

I decided to remain coyotesusan in my blogging realm for old times’ sake…and the fact that people find it unforgettable!

In the meantime, join me as we continue to build the site and as always…

Thanks For Stopping By!

Susan