West Chester, PAUSA
Hometown: West Chester
January 23, 2012
"To be an artist means never to avert your eyes." - Akira Kurosawa
"From Where You Dream" by Robert Olen Butler
Fiction. I'm gravitating toward short stories. I'm interested in Poetry, but have never studied it and would like to learn more about it. Most of my stories are about women.
Mostly fiction, but also instructional texts, as mentioned above, like "From Where You Dream." The fiction I read depends on my mood and how much time I have: Shakespeare to Earley, Toni Morrison to Justin Cronin, Elizabeth Strout to William Faulkner. I even read the "Twilight" series out of curiosity about why young adults found it so engaging.
I'm middle-age and starting later in life than other writers. I'd been laid off from my job and decided to use the time to do some of the things I'd always said I wanted to try, but never found the time. Without the demands of a corporate schedule, I found that I could spend hours writing with very little effort. When I talked to other people and realized that most don't have the stamina it takes to rewrite a sentence twenty times I understood that my love of language is unique to a select few. I want to network with other people who understand how that is.
I became seriously interested in writing about two years ago, so I have a lot to learn. I've taken a few online courses, but now I want to meet and network with other writers to get some ideas and direction.
It was a nice experience to spend time with like minded people who understand the craft, the effort it takes to bring a story to life and that we are not hobbyists, but people who pour our lives into these works. I found it affirming.