For a 4th grade writing assignment, I wrote a compilation of five fictional and non-fictional works that I still have in their original red folder. The book begins with a chapter titled "The Hurricane," which narrates the daring adventure of the nine-year-old author as she rows her boat to a remote island and rides out a hurricane alone. Rave reviews from the teacher included "A nice story!", "Cute!", and "Very Good!". A writer is born.
Although I was trained in classical piano, which I still play every day, you might catch me in church on Sunday mornings cutting loose and playing gospel piano. I also give piano programs and mini-concerts.
... because the judges said it was impossible "for a girl to build a radio." (Yes, this was way back in the day -- and one of the judges was actually a woman.) Other entries in my age group included the obligatory baking soda-vinegar erupting volcano and Styrofoam-ball solar system. The manual I wrote, which I still have -- "Step-by-Step Assembly of a Radio" -- is, of course, a literary masterpiece. I still have that radio and the manual I wrote.