All good things must come to a beginning, and so my much delayed journey as a blogger begins tonight. My goal for Finding Simeon is to share my story and my struggles and my questions. I’m in the process of getting a book published called Finding Tom, and I thought it would be fitting as the author to share about my own searching. Life is an ongoing process of becoming. As long as we are taking in breath, we are becoming; the question is what and how. Writing a book has taught me a lot about myself, forcing me at times to walk back along old memories and seasons that I would sooner forget while at others making me laugh and want to return to days now gone. Writing birthed within me new insights and inspirations. It forced me to step outside of myself and look at the world through the foreign eyes. There were times when it left me dry and hollow and times that my heart overflowed with joy as I created and crafted. There were nights where I dreamed I was living in the story and days when I swear I heard the characters speaking to me. Being a writer is a strange and at times somewhat mystical adventure and I am grateful for the time that I have spent with a 13 year old boy named Tom who grew to become a man before my very eyes and at the tip of my pen. Finding Tom is not autobiographical, but as I look back at the writing process and re-read the story I realize just how much of my own soul has been laid bare within the narrative. I see myself crouching in between the words waiting to be found.