Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: PATSY PARKER

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Thank you, Jill, for the opportunity to share a little about myself on your blog and for having me as your guest.  I am thankful for the friendship we have shared for the last several years, and I am happy for your success as a writer.

I began my blog, Patsy’s Creative Corner, on WordPress, almost four years ago when I was looking for something new to do.  I started it in July of 2013.  At the time, I was drawing and painting as a hobby, however, didn’t occur to me to share my artwork until much later.  I draw in pencil but mainly use watercolors.  I have done some acrylic paintings as well.  A couple of years ago I became obsessed with sea turtles, so I gave myself a project of learning to draw the seven different types of sea turtles.  I also painted them in watercolors.  Here’s a link to a finished project I did quite a while ago where each type of sea turtle was painted in watercolors.  There are many, many more drawings and smaller paintings of sea turtles as well as many other works of art on my blog.  Currently I am in the process of reorganizing the navigation of my blog, but if you click on the box that says “Select Category” under the widget “Look Around,” it will help you get around faster.

If you decide to spend any time looking around there, you will see that I write about a wide variety of things.  One of the most frequent themes is mental health because I believe I have suffered from depression and anxiety for many years as I believe my family of origin did also.

Here are my answers to the three questions I picked from Jill’s list:

What is special about the place you grew up?

I grew up in Georgia, Kentucky, and California.  Georgia holds some of the most special memories mostly of neighborhood friends and lots of things to do.  For a couple of winters after I turned eight, I was a cheerleader at Midway Park nearby.  One of my brothers played football one or two years also.  I played softball for three summers.  When I wasn’t playing softball or taking piano lessons, my favorite place to be was the community swimming pool.  My favorite memory from there was becoming acquaintances with a girl, whose name I wish I could remember, who had part of one of her arms missing below the elbow.  When I first met her I wondered why she was there because I ignorantly thought she probably couldn’t swim very well.  It was amazing to watch her swim; she even beat me in races lots of times, and I was a strong swimmer!  Because of Midway Park, I guess the thing that stands out about growing up in Decatur, Georgia, was the sense of community I knew.  I honestly have never experienced anything like it since we left there when my dad’s company was transferred to Kentucky when I was ten, then again to California when I was 16.

What are some of the events in your life that made you who you are?

When I was in my first new school in Kentucky, I was teased a lot and given a terrible nickname.  It devastated me to the point where I wished we had never moved there.  Then a terribly inappropriate and embarrassing thing happened to me in my elective art class I in Jr. High school.  I wrote about it on my blog.  It is a featured page called The Art Class.

I think getting teased and made fun of and humiliated in school all the times I ever went through it, made me hate that behavior in people.  So, over the years I became the kid who made friends with other kids whom were teased or bullied, too.  Not only did I stick up for others, but I eventually had enough courage to stick up for myself.  In eleventh grade I was picked on for being the new kid at my new school in California.  Three girls decided to begin bullying me for no reason.  I was miserable until I had enough and stood up for myself one day.  I was fully prepared to fight the ringleader if I had to, but when I stood up to her, she backed off, and they left me alone after that.

I have always been an advocate for the victim or the underdog; I’ve been that way my whole life even though there have been many situations where I was the victim.  There were times I couldn’t protect myself and suffered in horrendous ways, but after many years of counseling I became a mom to two kids who don’t ever let anyone walk all over them.  They know how to either work through problems with others or leave unhealthy relationships behind.  For this I am grateful.

What would be some of the most annoying things about having you as a roommate?

I love this question!  I am 56 years old and didn’t have my kids until I was 36 and 38 so they have grown up with older parents than most of their friends.  First, I hate clutter!  I am not a fanatic about neatness by any means; I just really don’t like it when STUFF is left lying around where it doesn’t belong or isn’t put away when it isn’t being used anymore!  Second, I am an avid reader.  I really prefer the house to be quiet after 9 p.m. at the latest unless all of us were ever watching a movie together or something.  I personally cannot read well when there is noise.  I have a slight disability in the area of comprehension.  Third, and this the most annoying to my family for sure, I tend to repeat things I’ve already told my family because I don’t remember telling them OR I don’t remember things that they claim they’ve already told me!  So as you can see, I’m a little like Dori in Finding Nemo – “I suffer from short-term memory loss!”

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

122 thoughts on “SUMMER SPOTLIGHT: PATSY PARKER

  1. Beautiful artwork and a great attitude.

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  2. I adore Patsy’s artwork and how she links art and writing like several other authors I know. Plus, she turns the negativity of being bullied into the impulse for kindness. aDORAble!

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  3. I love your sea turtles, Patsy. It’s interesting that you gave yourself a project to draw all seven kinds of sea turtles.

    Like you, I’ve also been involved in both art and writing. I stopped painting a few years ago to concentrate on writing. Anyone who’s ever done art, though, never stops being an artist.

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    • Thanks, Nicki! It was quite a project at the time. It took me a whole summer to begin drawing them on a small scale and get bigger and then enlarge them to trace on the huge watercolor paper. I wanted them to be accurately proportioned.

      I find writing much harder to concentrate on, but it is something I want to do more of. I just signed up for the “Writing for Children and Teens” course at the Institute of Children’s Literature. It’s a correspondence course I can do at my own pace. I should be starting in another week or so as soon as I get my materials.

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    • They are wonderful, aren’t they, Nicki? I’m happy you stopped by to meet Patsy. Enjoy your weekend.

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  4. This is very amazing and elegant work…very enjoyable to read – thank you!

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  5. Great to meet you Patsy Parker! Our 2003 Toyota Camry has a special ‘sea turtle awareness’ SC license plate – love those guys! And your watercolors – wow. I guess part of your obsession could be linked to your ‘underdog’ character trait, eh?

    Thank you Jill for taking time to introduce your readership to Patsy and her artwork!

    peace

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    • Thank you Laura! Great to meet you as well. We have a 2001 Toyota Camry! How funny. I will have to see about getting a license plate like that!

      You know, Laura, I just realized when talking with a counselor recently that I began drawing and painting sea turtles after I began reading about their plight and how they are killed for their meat and shells and eggs which really angers me. I feel sorry for them because they are beautiful creatures that are victimized for profit. I often felt victimized growing up and as a young woman many times, so I guess I sort of identified my past self with them.

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    • Hi Laura! It’s my pleasure. Patsy is so talented, I wanted her to share her work with my friends. We’ve been friends for several years and from day one I’ve been impressed by her artistic ability. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. You are so very talented!

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  7. I am thrilled to be introduced to your artwork and writing here, Patsy. I can’t wait to check out more!

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  9. I loved the sea turtle art. We live on the Gulf of Mexico and are very familiar with Kemp Ridleys, Greens, and Loggerheads. you have captured them very well. Thanks, Jill for having Patsy on your feature today. 😉

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  10. Wow! Love your artwork and the fact that you champion the underdog, Patsy! I’m glad you decided to share your art with all of us. So glad you had the courage to do so. It’s beautiful! Love your turtles. 😀 You are a wonderful artist. You remind me of a friend of mine who took up painting ten years ago. She works in watercolors and acrylics.

    Thank you again, Jill, for hosting! Hope you both have a great weekend!

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  11. Good grief your drawings are gorgeous. So glad you shared here!

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  12. Beautiful watercolors, Patsy! My favorites are Kevin and Olive, but they are all fabulous pieces! I was a softball player, too, during school and beyond. And I don’t like clutter, either. Great to cyber meet you! Happy weekend. Waving to Jill! 💕

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  13. I am so impressed with your creativity. Wonderful.

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  14. I love your sea turtles! The artwork at the end of this post is incredible too. I know how you feel about being bullied in school – the same kinds of things happened to me. It’s amazing how much those feelings stay with us. That’s great that you turned it around to become an advocate for the underdogs. I mostly just tried to hide away from it all and buried my head in books. 🙂

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    • Thank you Sheila! I really liked doing the Kili drawing. He was my favorite character in the first Hobbit movie. Fortunately, the bullying didn’t last as long as some teasing I went through in 5th and 6th grades; that was mortifying because it was about something so personal. And yes, those feelings were with me for most of my life; writing always helped and now creating art/writing both bring me great joy.
      I’m sorry you went through being bullied also, Sheila. Wasn’t it awful? Yes, books were a great comfort to me also. I read all the time growing up; I loved the Little House on the Prairie books and the Betsy books! I also loved The Hardy Boys mysteries and any other kind of good mystery I could get my hands on then. I still read all the time. 🙂

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      • I loved the Little House book too, Patsy. The Hardy Boy and Nancy Drew were some favorites too, but I don’t remember the Besty books.

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      • The “Betsy” books were by Carolyn Haywood. In fact they are still in print with new covers. I found “B is for Betsy” years ago for Grace. She liked it okay, but I just remember reading all of them over and over when I was in 5th and 6th grades. Years ago my mom found the whole set of the Little House books, but it didn’t have “Farmer Boy.” I already have that one, though. My aunt gave me a hard back copy when I was about 10 or so I think. I never owned any of the others when I was a kid; I just checked them out of the library all the time.

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      • I loved the Little House on the Prairie books too. Judy Blume was another big favorite, along with the Harriet the Spy books, and the Chronicles of Narnia. Now I’m tempted to read some of those again!

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      • I have never read any of the others you me mentioned except The Magician’ Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.

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      • Harriet the Spy was fun – I wanted to be her and started spying on the neighbors 🙂

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      • I remember wanting to be one of the Hardy boys.

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    • Hi Sheila! Being the ocean lover that you are, I had a feeling you’d enjoy Patsy’s spotlight today. Thanks so much for popping by!

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  15. Beautiful work and I’m glad you not only survived but thrived through the bad times.

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  16. Love the blog name and your art is enviable. I happen to love turtles too. I painted a little one for my daughter when she was very young. My very first art project and it now hangs on the side of my house by the driveway. My daughter has since learned to move slightly faster. 🙂 Thanks to Jill for the introduction and I’ll pop over soon and check out more of your drawings and writing. I understand the bullying. I was in 13 schools by the time I graduated high school. Always the new kid and often the target. You are correct, it can make you more empathetic; heaven forbid it goes the other way and you were to become the bully. I’m with you. Always picking out the person who would be a target and shelter them.

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    • Hi Marlene! As a fellow turtle lover, I’m so happy you stopped by today to meet Patsy and enjoy her artwork. I hope you’re doing well. Enjoy your weekend!

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      • Thank you, Jill. I have kept her page open to visit after dark. I have rock to move right now. Post on that to follow in days to come. I do love turtles and glad I’m not alone. 🙂 Have a great weekend as well. Still catching up.

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    • Thank you Marlene. I appreciate your kindness. You know, I have loved turtles since I was a kid, yet back then I didn’t even know about sea turtles. When I began learning about them 7 or 8 years ago, I became fascinated and researched them a lot. I had no idea there were 7 different types. That’s great that you drew a turtle for your daughter.
      Wow, that is a lot of schools to have been in when you were young! I only had to transfer to new schools twice. The first time I was ten and had never lived anywhere except Georgia. The second time I was 16 when we moved to California.
      I’m sorry you were a target for bullies. I am glad the problem is being taken more seriously in schools these days! And yes, helping others helped me also. Thanks for your comments and for going to check out my blog! I will visit yours, too. 🙂

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  17. I love the fact that you became the person who would stand up to bullies and befriend those that needed it.

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  18. Hi Patsy! Hi Jill! It is so nice to see you here, Patsy, and learn about your artwork and writing! I am a reader …not a writer…and certainly cannot draw!! I am glad you have fond memories of GA, my territory…lol….born here and lived here all my life and not far from Decatur.
    Blessings on your weekend…and to Jill, also! :=)

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    • Hi Jackie! It’s great to see you here today. As I mentioned above, I can’t even draw stick people. 🙂 I admire artists like Patsy. Stay cool, my friend! xo

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    • Thank you Jackie! Wow, I can’t believe you live there! We only went back twice to visit. The first time was in 1972 I think, but the second time I just went with my parents to a family reunion in 1990! I was 29 then! So it was really weird. We visited our old neighborhood on Bonway Drive and the people in our old house let us go in it. Everything felt SO SMALL! I of course remembered my room as much larger than it actually was.
      Blessings to you, too, Jackie. I am an avid reader also. What kinds of books do you like, Jackie?

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  19. I love your artwork, Patsy! I have trouble remembering who I told what to as well. Often, I get one line into a story and ask, did I tell you this already? 😉

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  20. So nice to meet you, Patsy! I was bullied at school, so was my husband and both my daughters too. I still have trouble standing up for myself but find it easier protecting others like my husband and daughters. Your artwork and writing is wonderful!
    Thank-you so much for the introduction to Patsy, Jill. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    • Hi Clare! I’m so sorry to hear you, your husand and your daughters were all bullied. I don’t recall ever being bullied, but I do remember being teased for a speech impediment I had early on in life. Protecting the ones we love is always easier, isn’t it? I’m so happy you stopped by to meet Patsy. She’s got tremendous talent. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! xo

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    • Clare, I’m sorry you and your family have all been victims of bullying. It is just the worst! It took me many years of therapy and just coming into my own person so to speak to be able to stand up for myself.

      Thank you for your kind words about my work. I am glad you like it. 🙂

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  21. Patsy so lovely to read a bit more about your life, I love your art and enjoyed reading more about your life growing up. It makes me angry to hear about the bullies though. As I was a shy kid but I learned how to be invisible and did not get picked on that much. But because my son is different he deals with it every day. Im teaching him to stand up to these kids but its hard to hear some of the stuff they say. Keep on doing what you love it shines through in your creations.
    Kath

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    • Hi Kath! I never thought about it until I read your comment, but I was very shy too, maybe that’s why I was never bullied either. I tried to stay in the background…I still do. 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about your son. Thanks so much for stopping by to learn more about our friend, Patsy.

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    • Thank you so much, Kath. Yes, bullying is awful to deal with. My mom used to tell me to “just ignore them.” But in high school, I had had enough by then. I felt very empowered when I stood up to them, but I wasn’t expecting them to leave me alone after that. I thought we might get in a fight, but at that point I didn’t care anymore. I was glad it went the way it did!
      I was a shy kid in some situations, but never quiet! Ha, ha. I was used to my brothers picking on me all the time anyway! So I think that kind of toughened me up through my early years.
      What do you mean about your son being different, if you don’t mind me asking. If it’s something private, you can message me on Facebook. I really hate the way society is sometimes, that people can’t just accept everyone for who they are, you know? There’s no such thing as “normal” to me anymore. Everyone is different and different is great! Diversity needs to be celebrated, huh?! Well, you keep on doing your great work also, Kath. I love your work!! 🙂

      Patsy

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  22. All the things that slot together to make up a life. It’s fascinating how we react and where we end up, isn’t it? 🙂 Nice to meet you, Patty.

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  23. I love hearing that you turned that embarrassment and sadness into helping others! I cannot understand why some people use those humiliating experiences to turn into bullies, but many do!

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  24. Well done with the bullies Patsy! They always back down because they’re cowards – unfortunately we have to confront them to get the point across and most of us (particularly the creative types) are not confrontational people. I love your artwork xxxx

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  25. What an open, truthful, brave interview, Patsy. You are a beautiful woman/artist/writer, inside and out. I think those of us who suffered bullies (and/or the feeling that we didn’t ‘fit in’), have an added benefit of extra empathy and kindness for all. Your artwork reflects this. So nice to meet you here. Thank you, Jill!

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