My name is Callie Revell. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and minors in Communications and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. During my time at Hardin-Simmons, I served as Chief Copy Editor of the school’s student-run newspaper, The Brand, for two years. I also served as the Head Literary Editor for the school’s literary arts publication, The Corral, my junior and senior year. I currently serve as a Freelance Writer for NOW Magazine, a publication serving the southern Dallas-Fort Worth area. I am also the Blog Editor for the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs, of which I am a proud member.
I’ve been writing poetry and short fiction since I learned to write. When I was eight, I wrote a book for my mother as a Christmas present. The highlight of the book was a story called “The Easter Bunnies” which told the story of two bunny brothers competing for the coveted title of Easter Bunny for the year. At the end of the story, they became friends again and had carrot cake. In sixth grade, she wrote a cringe-worthy book called The Trip to Nowhere which described an orphan’s journey to finding her family. I fancied myself a writer. I cried on May 10, 1999 when Shel Silverstein died, because I wanted to meet him.
In middle school and high school, I began keeping an extremely angsty journal describing my struggles with bullies and bad vision. I wrote an especially emotional poem the day I got contact lenses. My friends and I also began passing around notebooks and writing stories together. That collaboration helped me develop my writing skills and restore the imagination that many people lose in childhood. In ninth grade, I wrote a colorful and slightly horrifying screenplay for Halloween called Counting Down, a horror movie starring my friends that described their untimely deaths. It was a hit.
My freshman year of college, I dove deep into journaling and personal reflection. I filled up several thick journals that year. However, during my sophomore year, I began dating my first boyfriend, my now-husband Sam. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but I stopped journaling regularly after that. My writing was no longer as introverted; I was ready to share it. I entered the Creative Writing program at HSU under the direction of Dr. Bob Fink. I became heavily involved with the program, completing a senior chapbook of 30 poems, The Healing Under Highway 20, in the spring of 2012. I received the Campbell-Lacy Creative Writing Award my junior and senior year.
After college, of course, things became more challenging. Without the shelter of my school, I’m striking out on my own to discover new things and share my ideas. My hope is that this blog will let me share my passion with the world and find people who are interested in similar subjects. I also hope to gain the confidence I need to begin publishing more work.
The creative process, for me, means opening a vein and stitching it back up. It means healing back stronger. Writing is permanent communication, and has held civilization together for centuries. Language, though ever-evolving, has always been and always will be. I only want to contribute to the beautiful tradition.
December 19, 2013