What an amazing week it’s been. I’ve had the honor of speaking with so many people about writing, Four Rubbings, illustrating, busting through internal governors and tombstones. Maybe we should walk through the week chronologically. Up first was my blog post with Chris McLaughlin of the Empower Network.
We had a conversation about the creation of a writer. His questions took me back thirty-some years, to a writing contest I won as a fourth grader at Mark Twain Elementary School. I’d forgotten about the book I wrote about the raccoon that won me a district-wide award. In fact, in the years that followed, writing would become a means to an end – a way to pass a class, or ghost write an article for a professional something or other. I wouldn’t experience the kind of fun I’d once had with writing until I journaled what would become Four Rubbings. If you’d like to read my interview with Chris, click here. He loves to get feedback, so email him a comment or question and he’ll respond pronto.
My second blog interview was with the dynamic, Anne Pillsbury, owner of Anne Pillsbury Coaching. We sat down together on a mild, autumn day to discuss the journey of becoming a novelist. Our conversation was transformative. Her questions helped me identify the people and events that ensured Four Rubbings got written. God, there were obstacles in my way. And the nagging voices in my life that tugged at my coat sleeves, trying to drag me and my effort to write down to the ground.
But, somewhere along the way with the help of instrumental people, I learned how to turn the volume up on the positive voices, people and comments and mute the bad stuff. I still do. If I’m sent a hurtful email, insulted, whatever, I choose now to let it go. None of that is worth my time anymore. Thank you, Anne Pillsbury for spending time with me. You are amazing at what you do. If you want to read our interview, click here.
On Tuesday, I had the privilege of walking Lakeview Cemetery with KUOW’s host, Steve Scher. We talked about the history cemeteries hold, ways we honor our dead and speculated on the stories the graves around us held. I was already a fan of Steve Scher before I met him. But, after spending time exploring Lakeview, I’m officially a superfan. Thank you. If you would like to listen to our graveside conversation, click here.
The week ended with a sit-down with the first bookclub to read Four Rubbings. They call themselves the WOW Bookclub, and man did they wow me. Ten sharp, smart and voracious readers grilled me on the details behind the words, asked if I believe in ghosts (I do) and wanted to know how long they had to wait for the next book to come out (next year – God willing). Then, I was moved to tears when Judi read her favorite passages aloud. It was surreal to hear my words spoken back to me. These are a special group of women, and we vowed to rub tombstones together in the coming month. Sorry I have no video of the event – but somehow it would have ruined the intimacy of our time. Instead, I can offer you a picture.