Life experiences · Writer

I Am a Writer

I’ve always been a writer. But it’s only been of recent that I decided to share my talent and become a serious writer. Since then, I have written three screenplays, several picture books, a young adult science fiction novel, and a memoir about my teen pregnancy.
From the time I learned to structure a proper sentence, my stories, poems, and song lyrics have erupted onto paper. Writing provided an escape into a fantasy world–a world where other people accepted me and I wasn’t just a nobody from Fruita, Colorado. Most of my early writing involved crushes, as I can’t remember a time when boys weren’t my main focus. Now, writing still provides an escape, but I’m no longer trying to create some alternate universe where I am popular. Rather, writing is my sanctuary, my release, my calming mechanism.

I write because stories pulse through my veins, pooling into my head until I find an outlet.
I write because I do believe the pen is more powerful than the sword.
I write because I feel compelled to write.

While my first two screenplays received Honorable Mention in the 2012 Colorado Film Contest, I am as of yet unpublished. But that does not diminish my title as a writer.

I look forward to the journey and hope any who want to follow will enjoy the ride.

My first poem – written in the third grade. Won a contest where I earned a spot in a poetry class.

Love is as beautiful as can be.
Love is just a mystery.
Love is all that you can find.
Love is everything all combined.

My favorite poem. Short and perfect.

The only thing between us is time…
Let’s make time stand still.image

Life experiences

Introduction to The Caterpillar Girl

My name is Rebecca Carpenter. The fifth of nine children, I was born without any outward talents or inward self-esteem. Plain and quiet, I grew up believing that in order to be accepted, I needed boys to like me. And the only way to do that was to change my personality into a loud, flirtatious, fake.
But it wasn’t just the boys that I flirted with–fate was tempted until my actions caught up to me. Pregnant at the age of fifteen, my youth shattered into tiny pieces, never again to return.
My teen pregnancy became my wake up call. Like a jigsaw puzzle, I began the arduous task of constructing a new me. The process of figuring out who I was and where self-esteem really comes from became my new focus. And just like a caterpillar, I experienced my own metamorphosis. My plain outer shell transformed into a unique array of color, design, shape, and size.
But the greatest change occured on the inside. I realized that self-esteem originated from within me, not without. I learned to like myself, develop my hidden talents, and eventually even love myself. I don’t look in the mirror and see the most beautiful woman in the world, nor am I in love with myself. But I can view my reflection and be content with what I see and who I am.

I am a Caterpillar Girl.dreamstime_s_24918723.jpg