Lissie Jean

Planet Earth

I'm not a very good self-promoter. I'm a writer, and I'm told that in order to be a writer whose writings get read, I must learn to be. So here goes. I have been writing creatively since first grade. I started with poems about nurses with purses and conversational dinner food. Someday, perhaps, I will even share those. I learned the art of journaling early in life with the gift of a pink and yellow diary, complete with lock and key, which resided securely under my mattress for much of my childhood. I have vivid memories of rejoicing secretly amidst the groans of classmates as writing assignments were given in school, as well as the exasperated comments of teachers who appreciated the stellar seven page story but could I please stick to the assignment and condense it down to one. To this day I still have trouble with brevity (as you have probably already gathered), although I am far less concerned about numbers of pages than I used to be. C.S. Lewis wrote "to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that's the whole art and joy of words.” I could not agree more. Despite my love of the written word, life after school was much different than life in school, and I strayed from writing for many years. I lived in the real world, got a real job, and experienced some very real things. After enough time and experience had passed for me to remember who I used to be and what I used to love, I sat down at my laptop and once again began to do what I now believe I was always meant to do. The breaking of more than a decade of writer's block has been thrilling, and I recently joined the ranks of online bloggers. Due to the nature of my real world career, which is very strict on codes of conduct and the appearance of impropriety, I knew I would have to take a "pen name". There was no better choice than Lissie Jean - the nickname my mom gave to me as a little girl full of curiosity and creativity and the confidence that what I had to say was both important and amusing. My blog began with the chronicling of an eye opening experience where I discovered how fake I had become. As I attempt to rediscover who I am and look at myself and the world around me through honest eyes, I hope that my readers will also be empowered to "Get Real" with themselves, and discover how incredible it feels to drop the mask and be true to who they are.