March 25, 2019
Victor Hugo once said, “A writer is a world trapped in a person.”
A whole world. A world full of possibilities. A world where a mysterious, enchanting circus only opens at night or where a young girl with red braids stands up for herself when she’s teased. A world where a public defender takes up the cause of a black nurse against a white supremacist or where a group of women escapes a female-only concentration camp.*
So many stories.
So many dreams.
So many ways to transport us to new places and times.
I am a believer. A d.reamer. An a.uthor.
I’ve achieved some success with short stories and nonfiction pieces. I’ve shared dozens of works in the pursuit of getting better at the craft so I could share my d.reams with story lovers everywhere.
As of this writing, I’ve begun d.reaming in a different direction: my novel. It doesn’t have a title yet, but on the recommendation of a writing instructor I did write a logline for the novel. It keeps me grounded, and it reminds me of what I’m trying to achieve. It also makes me smile, because I love these characters and because I relish the opportunity to share this book one day with everyone else.
Here’s the logline (which is a brief one-to-two sentence summary of a book that drives at the heart of the conflict and often introduces the main characters):
When the queen’s death causes the end of the royal line, it’s up to the disheartened king, a disillusioned midwife, and a pair of disenchanted twins to the save the threatened peace treatises of the young kingdom of Linden.
I don’t know when it’s going to be finished. I don’t know if the publishing community will deem it worthy of joining the thousands of tomes lining shelves in libraries and bookstores and homes. I do know I want to share this story with the world.
Here’s to d.reaming. And the possibilities of all those stories. As my journey progresses, I’ll update this page. For now, I smile like a child eating my first chocolate mouse. :>
*The books referenced here are:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly