Thank you for visiting Victoree’s Blog: No White Flag
I am Edia Stanford-Bruce: writer by trade; storyteller by heart. “Victoree” is one of my pen names.
Native born in the Brambleton neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia; educated in its public schools, I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil and singing even longer. Among Norfolk State University School of Journalism’s pioneering classes, I went on to earn the M.Ed. in early childhood education from Rutgers University, specializing in literacy and reading seventeen years after the BA.
My literary career began with one short story I wrote in the third grade about Flor, a forest fairy, to hide shame about my family’s not doing “anything interesting” during the summer. That tale introduced me to fiction writing. Combining this with my native love of books, nothing seemed more perfect than to become a staff writer and book columnist on Booker T. Washington High School’s newspaper, The Clarion.
I was a staff writer on the campus newspaper, The Spartan Echo, campus correspondent to Black Collegian Magazine and collaborator in the revision of Norfolk State University’s student constitution while in journalism school. After graduating from NSU, freelancing became a way of life as a stringer to The Norfolk Journal and Guide, one of Virginia’s oldest black newspapers. Diversification into other fields–retailing, education, and office administration supported my writing habit and family demands.
As many writers are, I’m a voracious reader interested in many subjects. However, there are certain aisles in Borders, Barnes and Noble, BAM and Reston Regional Library where if anyone were searching for me would surely find me: spirituality, personal growth, arts and crafts, history, Home and Garden (love Martha Stewart and the Barefoot Contessa!) and children’s literature. Some of the authors I admire most are Maya Angelou, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and Dr. Steven Covey. My favorite fairy tales are Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Dierdre of The Sorrows.
Life’s winding path through the thirty years away from home after college went through many job changes (toils and snares…), home relocations in three states from New England to the mid-Atlantic, marriage, motherhood and now, empty nest. Today, the love of my life, my spouse of a quarter century plus, retired pastor Rev. Dr. George Bruce and I live happily in historic Reston, Virginia.
I’m baaack, Virginia! No. I have no intention of retiring.