My father was the main person in my life who taught me the importance of story-telling through poetry, words and the need for books in our life; a rich tapestry of history, fantasy and knowledge. I grew up surrounded by books, we never had enough bookshelves to house all of our treasures, and the books were always overflowing onto desks, tables and chairs.
When he passed, I gave many of his books away to close family and friends, and still had a plethora of reading material that I kept for myself. Again, I am at a place where we can't build the bookcases fast enough, and I love it! The smell, feel and energy that books create, help to ground me in this otherwise fast paced, virtual computer driven life.
I am so very excited to have finally created a book, MY book, that may reside on someone else's bookshelf, a collection of memories and feelings that may reach out and touch someone, spark some recognition at the various thoughts and emotions from my own bit of word play. Thanks to Writer's Amuse Me, I have had my collection of poetry accepted and will be published in August 2014!
It is my hope that we all continue to support the smaller independent publishing companies, that prefer to focus on quality instead of quantity, and work to create a nurturing and supportive environment of inspiration for their authors!
As always, read as much as you can, and continue to recognize the beauty that resides in everything around us!