My name is Heather Williams.
A long time ago I started this blog for fun. It became a source of personal writing practice and development, as well as a place to document the days of my life as a teacher, grad school student, and single mother to the baby girl I conceved via artificial insemination with donor sperm. I connected with many amazing people here, and found a writer’s voice I never knew I had.
Then someone brutally shot and killed my writer’s voice.
I kid. It was me. I did it. I walked away from writing, and from this website, and never really looked back. It was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever done, and now I’m going to try to pretend it never happened.
I am no longer a single parent. My daughter is 14 now. My husband and I have been married since November 2012, and we have an almost 7-year-old son, who is the love of his sister’s life. In 2018 I quit teaching, a career I started in 1996, and which I have written about quite a bit in this blog, and began working remotely for an educational publishing company based in Washington state. I quit taking antidepressants (but added an anti-anxiety cocktail) and started running in the fall of 2012, and, despite the fact that I watch too Amazon Prime and Netflix, pin too many recipes and art projects I’ll never try, and spend entirely too much time reading ridiculously mundane status updates on Facebook and Instagram, I try really hard to come back here to this writing home I built so many years ago and write as often as my time constraints, real or imagined, will allow.