astoriasis new flower --
Now I learn we have even more in common! I have been writing poetry for years, have published some in poetry journals, and am now assembling my first book. Of course, all retired English teachers write; I thought I'd try fiction first -- garbage. My fiction writing is best described as a cycle of write, reread, shred, write, reread, shred. I have written some good essays on literary and other subjects, but nothing worth publishing. If I'm granted a vote, I'd say choose the nursing experiences for your book; they would have a great general appeal. However, I know nothing about your first 17 years, so I'm voting in ignorance.
I used to enjoy table tennis very much, but now I haven't played it in years. I do not share your artistic talent and undertakings, though. If I want a painting, I have to buy one. There is no chance in the world that I could draw or paint anything worth hanging -- much less selling.
I hope you'll continue to contribute to the forum. Best regards, J