Artistic Gifts

Artistic gifts are living entities within us.  As we grow and learn, they wrap around our insides, bonding to bone and muscle.  Some of us may have been blessed with more than one gift, but only one will speak the loudest.

My gift is storytelling.  The art of weaving ideas and fantasy characters into an unforgettable story is what I do the best.  I love every second.  I was born into a multi-talented family and from a young age I tapped into this wealth.

My parents decided when I was six, I was going to be a musician.  I sang in school plays, church choirs, played piano, and vied for first-chair flute.  Music was and is my constant.  The notes surround me when I’m lonely and snuggle against my senses like a soft blanket.  When I hurt or anger spews from every orifice (a perfect imitation of Medusa) I have music.

Writing though is my drive–something within that pushes and wrestles its way out (not unlike childbirth but less messy).  My dreams become reality and I live through my stories.  My grandmother’s advice time and again comes to mind…”Heidi, you can be anything you want if you just put your mind to it.”  Smart woman.

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About Heidi Vanlandingham

My favorite genres are paranormal and historical fiction. When I'm not watching my son play baseball, I'm writing, reading, and spending as much time as I can with him--he's growing up entirely too fast.
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2 Responses to Artistic Gifts

  1. heidiv2 says:

    Thanks! I’m not pubbed yet, but am in the process of submitting several manuscripts. In June I get to pitch to an agent and editor through my writing group, so I’m really excited about that. Listening to the older songs from the 50s-early 70s gives me terrific plot ideas. As far as reading goes, I actually find time to read a book a day, romance based and anything paranormal, urban fantasy, as well as historical. I don’t have a lot of ‘extra’ time, although I’ve yet to convince my husband of that!

    You and I sound a lot alike. I also sew, tear down my house, decorate, etc. It’s calming. I have two sisters who are graphic artists and also teach. The other sister is more sports-related but also sings and draws. My mom sings and my dad is the artist. I doodle. I just finished a comic book for my creative writing class and had a total blast both with the plot and the drawing – maybe there’s hope for me yet in the art realm.

    Be proud of yourself for making the commitment to get a degree. Don’t let the stress get to you – your family will be proud of you no matter how long it takes or what you end up doing.

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  2. Janet Ake says:

    I love your blog, Heidi. Have you published any of your stories? I love to read and write. Some day, I would love to write books. You said that you come from a multitalented family. What kinds of talent? I enjoy creativity on many levels. I like to decorate my house, experiement with paint, and try new crafts.

    I think artists are a different breed. They follow their own intuition and are not concerned about other’s opinion too much. I am the first one in my family to get a college degree so they are all watching to see what I do with it, which is stressful for me.

    I did not have the support and encouragement that your grandmother gave you. You are fortunate to have her. I think it gives you an edge over those who have no one to pat them on the back. Music is wonderful and inspires me as well.

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