J.B. Vample

So, I'm sitting here right now, sipping this green tea (yes, the same kind that is in the above picture of my home work station) and I'm thinking, (when I should really be writing more of this chapter that I am working on), and I'm just amazed at how far I have come on this journey that I am on.  I realize that the quote, "it's never too late to follow your dream" is 100% true. (I don't think that is the exact quote, but you get the point :-))

As I have mentioned before, I started writing at a young age. Mostly poetry filled with the usual pre-teen and teen angst, as well as short stories. (Two of them I still have from high school by the way. Yeeeeeesssss, new book ideas for me!!!)  Anyway, I knew then, that writing was something that I loved to do. I started writing a full novel in the ninth grade, that I have yet to find after all these years (stupid defective floppy disks....every last one of them). But when I was seventeen years old, I started writing the first book to my current series. Throughout  the remainder of my time in high school and college, I finished about two books in the series and upon leaving college, I finished another one. 

All of these years, I wrote these books for myself....and I guess for my sister too, who was reading the stuff from the beginning. Heeeeeey Jawhara! :-).  But deep down, I knew that I wanted to share them with the world. I let fear and the "what if's" discourage me from doing what I knew in my heart was meant for me to do. 

I held on to that fear until something clicked in my head this past year. That's right, in 2015 at the age of thirty-four years old (good God that feels weird to say), I finally let that fear go and took the necessary steps in order to follow the dream that I buried inside long ago. I set a goal and told myself that come hell or high water, that I would get my first book published by the end of the year. Lo and behold, "College Life 101: Freshman Orientation" was published in December. (I just made it, whew) and I couldn't be prouder of myself.

I said all of this to say that, no matter where you are in life, no matter how much time you think has passed. If you have something in your heart that you want to do or be, if you have a dream, a passion...make a promise to yourself today, to get up and take the steps towards achieving it. I did it and so can you :-)........Okay, now time to get back to this chapter.Type your paragraph here.

It's never too Late 

2/26/2016