I'm taking an online course on picture book writing. I'm only in the second week, so not much to tell there, but my instructor said something very interesting on her bio. She spoke of her love for children's books and said that hints of her favorite books echoed in her writing. OOOOOH, I just LOVE that. I love to think that within my writing ol' Maniac lurks or Katie John or the Bobbsey Twins or Nancy Drew or Margaret or whichever of the characters I have loved. Remember Julio Iglesias's song FOR ALL THE GIRLS I'VE LOVED BEFORE? How about FOR ALL THE BOOKS I'VE LOVED BEFORE? But seriously, it makes me want to examine everything I write to trace the path back to Little Bear or something.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone then you end up on a crazy topic? So you try to retrace the conversation in your mind to see how in the heck you ended up talking about control top pantihose or whatever. It's like that. All these wonderful, delicious books are a part of me, and I feel so honored. It also makes me, more than ever, want to read my children every book in the library. (not too hard in my small town)
What a tingly thought. My work echoes with the characters of my youth. Wow.
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