“Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better off with you having tried.”
~~ Tim O’Reilly
I am so thankful for my gift—the gift of storytelling.
It really is quite exciting…. People ask, “Where do you get your ideas,” and there is no answer. Not really. And yet there are a million answers!
The ideas come from a picture, a newspaper article, a personal story, something a friend tells me, a commercial, a magazine ad, a line from a book that is so outstanding that I sit up and think, “That line is a whole novel!”
My story New Lease in the anthology Two Tickets to Paradise came from me just looking at pictures on something like tumbler and seeing this older guy sitting alone on a beach with a grey sky. And right in that second I knew he was lonely and thinking of killing himself and that his lover had died…a man he could never properly say was his lover because the man was married… And then I knew he wasn’t even allowed to go to the funeral. And then he meets this young man on the evening be plans on ending it and then….
It all happened fast. One thought after another after another after another after another….
Grumble Monkey and the Department Store Elf happened backward. I suddenly knew I wanted a crazy silly and very very long title… And I was mindlessly sleeveing trays of mail at work to send down the line and the title began to come to me and it grew and altered and then…it was there! WHAM!
An hour later I knew the entire story….
The one I am working on now? My husband gave me a section of the newspaper with a story he knew I would love—can’t say what it is right now!—and all of a sudden I knew that I wanted to do something on that theme and within hours the story popped into my head and grew. I knew the first chapter. I knew the second chapter. I knew the way the two characters would meet.
I love my gift!
It is very exciting. It makes my heart pound. It makes my breath speed up.
And I know I am a part of Creation.
I know that I am made in the image of a Creator…and how I reflect that image is by Creating myself.
I know that we are all Creators. We all have these things we do that seem so natural to us and others can’t imagine how we do it. My friend Cricket crochets these amazing things and I can’t crochet a potholder. Can’t! I am in awe. She and people like her say, “All you have to do is follow the simple instructions.” But no. It is more than that.
I hope and pray that everyone has such gifts. And when something calls to them, they do it for God’s sake! Do it! Dance, paint, sing, cook, raise children, garden, do spoken word, do whatever!
Do it for your sake.
It’s the most exciting thing in the world!
And now? Off to work on my book!