Planting the Writing Seeds : Kim Ulmanis

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***I must preface this by saying I’m a terrible person. I’d promised Kim I’d publish her piece a week ago, but I was out of town and I completely spaced. Fortunately, Kim is a doll and very understanding. Nevermind the fact that she’s starting off talking about one of my favorite movies.**

Without further ado, I give you KIM (thank you for your patience & understanding with my being A WEEK LATE)!

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Kim Ulmanis is an early 30-something slightly coffee-obsessed writer, photographer, and part-time student majoring in journalism at UNLV. She calls Las Vegas home along with her husband of three years and two demanding cats, one who likes to meow incessantly, which sometimes throws off Kim’s writing mojo. She has been blogging since 2010 and is now on her third blog, Kim Ulmanis or KU for short.

 

It all began when I was a hormone driven 14-year-old without a clue about life and love. Typical, right? It didn’t matter. At that age we all think we know everything and when adulthood whacks us upside the head we find out we didn’t know a damn thing. Writing was one of them.

I don’t remember what triggered the idea or why I decided to pick up a pen in the first place. All I remember is that just like my ideas today, something popped into my head and I sat down to write. I do remember it being a poorly written poem about friendship. Something that rhymed and definitely read like something a teenager wrote.

I think some of my interest in writing came from the movie “My Girl.” Vada Sultenfuss, played by Anna Chlumsky, had an interest in becoming a writer. In one scene she stole some money from her future stepmother to pay for a writing class.

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We, the viewers, don’t know if Vada went on to become a successful writer as an adult since it’s only one movie but I do know where my own story went.

Throughout high school I continued to write mediocre poems, often something involving love and breakups. I also had a diary that I filled with typical teenage commentary such as an entry or three about which guy I kissed.

After high school, more bad poems. It wasn’t until I started college in the summer of 2002 that my writing roots would become fully planted. I was crazy enough to take an English class that summer and had I not screwed up with failing to turn in an assignment I would have ended with an A instead of a C. Lesson learned.

Then the fall semester arrived and I was led into the campus newsroom. Now, a second seed was planted. Journalism. I left the newspaper before the semester ended but it didn’t end my writing career at that point. I needed time to grow and build confidence.

Two years later I re-entered the newsroom and barely left until graduation in 2006. By then, I was unstoppable. Article after article on anything and everything. I often stuck to all things budget related or politics related. I wanted to be a serious journalist and damn it, I was not going to write fluff articles.

Not long after graduation I moved to Vegas and have been here ever since. I managed to land two jobs that paid me to write but unfortunately neither job lasted long. I did some odd freelance work for a short period of time but realized I sucked at it and ultimately gave it up.

Sadly, I walked away from writing in late 2008 and barely picked up a pen for a little more than two years. I had been beaten by life and wasted my time focusing on being there for others instead of concentrating on my craft. I still have regrets over those lost two years.

Thankfully, blogging gave me a chance to re-discover my writing roots. I started with a food blog even though I was not really a foodie and eventually moved on to my now defunct blog The Coffee Pot Chronicles. I loved that blog and still do but I moved on earlier this year to my current bloggy home.

Today, I am happy to say I am still writing and this time I have no plans to give that up. I have combined writing with photography and have used it to fuel my love for the written word.

This time, my roots are firmly planted in the ground and they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

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  • Ulmani

    Kim is the shit!!!!

    • http://www.kimulmanis.com/ Kim

      Thanks. =)

  • http://unintentionallybrilliant.blogspot.com Roxanne Piskel

    Thanks for sharing your story! I remember being in awe of Veda for taking that adult writing course. I like to imagine she went with it and kept up her writing. Just like I did. And you did. :)

    • http://www.kimulmanis.com/ Kim

      Thanks, Roxanne!

      I always thought Vada was both nuts and brave for taking that leap into an adult writing class. Granted a lot of it had to do with her crush on the teacher but even still, she knew what she wanted. Kudos to her! If the movie fast-forwarded to her adult life I, too, think she would have continued to be a writer.