As I prepare for my trip to Massachusetts for our daughter’s college graduation, I leave you with this post I recently wrote for Lisa Ahn’s blog, “Tales of Quirk and Wonder.” I was honored to learn that it has won an “Alice Award for International Creatives” from thedisplacednation.com. Thought you might enjoy it. And, please tell us in the comments what inspires you in your work. See you next week!
Words and maps.
For as long as I can remember, I have been enchanted by the power of words to transport readers to a world they don’t yet know. To make them laugh. Or cry. 26 letters, put together in ways that can persuade, teach, entertain, even enrage.
And when I was a child, maps were a metaphor for a world I had not yet seen: all the places that existed far away from Harbor City, beyond the Kress’s Five and Ten on Market Street and the sawmill across the Southside Bridge.
Inspiration is a slippery thing to define. Are we inspired to do our life’s work simply because we are good at it? Or are we good at it precisely because it has inspired us so?
I am a writer come lately.