Fall cleaning often means time to re-organize. The shelves, cabinets, drawers, shed, basement…nothing is safe when the mood to clean out strikes! For me, organizing is essential to a fresh beginning, and that inspired my latest piece, “Casting On“. This personal essay appears in the November 2013 issue of Gravel Literary Magazine, and fuses the idea of beginnings with the determination and frustrations that accompany learning any new endeavor – even if it’s just a couple of sticks and some string.
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Opportunity is supposed to knock but once, except in my case, where I chase it down the street, grab on to its coattails and cling to its leg while being dragged along.I’m not really the kind to wait around for opportunity to find me. I moved too much as a kid. If Reader’s Digest couldn’t find us after six months, how was opportunity going to catch up?
I believe we create our own opportunities in life. Need a job? Make one. Want to sell something? Make an offer. These passive newspaper ads and craigslist begging hats have become invisible to society, so it is up to us to make our dreams happen.
Me? I’m on a personal mission at the moment. I’ve been knocking on a lot of doors and trying to get a “yes”, and you know what I discovered?
I AM OPPORTUNITY.
I am a chance for you to build something great, to learn something new, to grow in directions that aren’t on any map. I thought our roles were reversed, and I was sitting around waiting for something to happen. But that’s not the case. I am the one who’s coming for you. I’m knocking on your door, so you might want to answer it.
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Illustrations bring an author’s words to life.Nowadays, people seem to link illustrations with children’s books – pictures that help tell a story to young readers-in-training. But once upon a time, artists’ works decorated the pages of stories for adults. Just think of the beautiful maps and line drawings in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Whether you love the sweet watercolor renderings of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, or the magic of Andrew Lang’s colorful series of world stories, many of us fell in love with the visual representations of what a writer inscribed on our imaginations.
What are your favorite illustrators? Here’s a few names to get you started:
Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, Jules Pfeiffer, Dr. Seuss, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell…