Although I believe that many people have influenced my writing style, I am going to take this a different direction. Who inspired me to first start writing altogether. Now that I look back on it, I guess you could say my parents, they had me reading at an extremely young age, and literacy can lead to writing. I could say my Kindergarten teacher, she put the pencil in my hand and gave letters that I could say, a definite form. However neither of these suit how I really feel that I started writing. I have an older cousin Kristi. Now, we aren't extremely close, I have family that I talk to a lot more often, but she is the only older female cousin that is relatively close to my age. She is two years older than I am, so when I was in first grade practicing printing, she was in the third grade practicing cursive. I remember that I was extremely jealous and wanted to be able to do just the same. I can remember sitting in back room (family room) that no one went into at my grandmas house, and we would color for hours. Except, Kristi would practice cursive, and I wanted to be just like her, so I made her teach me. It was a blue crayon (Cerulean Blue to be exact) that I first used to spell "cat" in cursive. WOW! I was chugging right along with individual letters, when she showed me that she had a diary. Whats this? Again, my interest was sparked, and I remember writing all the time on random paper, even on the bottom of my desk drawers when I climbed underneath it (it's still there to this day). Im sure that none of this has any relevance to my writing styles, but I do know, without my cousin Kristi, I would be nowhere when it comes to writing. I would have eventually learned, but it would not hold any significance to me, and this blog entry would cease to exist and I would resort to writing in a mundane manner on how my teachers influenced me. It does not get any more down to earth than this. I started writing because I was jealous of my older cousin and for that I am very grateful of the Green-Eyed Monster.