I received this from Alicia’s son Luke.
It’s weird but as I sit down to write about mum, Simple Man keeps playing in my head. Mum loved all kinds of music, but Sixties and Seventies music formed the background for our childhood. She would always be playing songs, from the moment she got up with us, to the moment we went to sleep, something would be playing on the stereo.
Somehow the lyrics that Van Zant and Rossington came up with are practically bang on, for what she always wanted for all four of us. She just wanted us to be good to people, and to find happiness with whoever we eventually fell in love with.
Tiffani, Dawn and I were luckier than Mary, because mum and dad raised us together, under the same roof and I know that they both adored us. Mum struggled constantly with having to leave us, whenever a case came up at the Amour Federation, trying to balance her maternal instinct with the reason she had been created.
I admit though I was really angry with her, for honouring her mission over us, wishing that she had chosen differently. That part of me, the part that just wanted his mother back, didn’t care that she had saved countless lives, just that she wasn’t going to be there for me anymore.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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