October 21st Speaker: Sheryl Hames Torres

Put Your Big Girl… or Boy… Pants On and Get Your Priorities Right

When you chose writing as an occupation, suddenly everyone has advice. Everyone tells you what you should be doing, how you should be doing it, and that if you don’t go by what they tell you, you can’t do it at all!

I’m here to tell you that’s not so and hopefully put your mind at ease a little. You can have it all–just sometimes, not all at once. When and how is strictly up to you.

Bio:

Sheryl Hames Torres started making up stories as a girl to keep her five younger siblings entertained. She says she started writing them down to keep the voices in her head from having her committed. Vibrant settings and dashing heroes soon turned into real life when her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where she met and married her very own Prince Charming. He taught her that sometimes reality is the fairy tale. Now, after more than thirty years together, she and Mark have reared one daughter–an artist and writer–and a son–a musician, mechanic, and automotive “restorer.” With a house filled with love and laughter, music and beautiful creations, lots of shedding fur from a ferociously friendly dog and a temperamental cat who thinks he rules the roost, Sher lives out her fairy tale every day. The Torres’ make their home in Northeast Georgia within three-quarters of an hour of her parents and three of those five siblings where she divides her time between her family, friends, writing and needlework.

And, of course, a lot of daydreaming…

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Hello! My name’s Megan, and I’m a young writer and graphic designer. I graduated from Loyola University a year ago, and during my time as an undergraduate, I had the privilege to do a study abroad in Ireland. I fell in love with traveling—meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and finding unique places to inspire my creativity. But like many people, student loans and other life expenses are keeping this post-grad tied at home. (For now, at least!) Luckily for me, my hometown of New Orleans offers a lot of awesome opportunities for staycations. But I also want more obscure adventures, things beyond iconic events and places like Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, and the French Quarter. If you’re a local like me, you love them, but you’ve done them. So, what else is there? That’s my goal—to seek out fresh or little known places both in and outside New Orleans area.