Henry Miller wrote, “One’s destination is never a place but a new way of looking at things”. That’s going to be quite the news flash for all the bus drivers, pilots, train conductors, pedestrians, and commuters setting out for fixed addresses this weekend. It’s also quite the revelation for those who, like me, adore setting. I’m sorry but I do not think that the dusty flats of Barstow can be interchanged with the icy pavements of Boston.
Don’t you agree? Reading is like all of life’s other great pleasures: sensory. I don’t care if I’m reading the back of a shampoo bottle, the side of a carry-out pizza box, or an old metro ticket. I want to be THERE. And I appreciate any writer who lends me a helping hand by breaking that fourth wall and pulling me into a new world. That’s why I love a story where setting is a character in its own right. As a writer, I don’t think any of my poems, essays, or short stories can ever be divorced from the piece of planet into which they’re placed. Certainly my paranormal romance novel, “Matching Wits With Venus”, could not have happened outside of the Hollywood Hills. I NEEDED the fairy dust that falls from those tall white letters that spell out dream factory. I found my inspiration, the souls of my characters, on the deck of the Griffith Observatory, not off the coast of southern Florida, as lovely as that land must be. But the Everglades are another story ….
Here’s the opening line of “Matching Wits With Venus”. “In the valley below the thirty foot white block white letters that spelled out HOLLYWOOD, between Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” museum and a string of psychic reading rooms, sat a glass-front shop with a rose-colored door. Above the storefront’s small bay window a pink and purple sign proclaimed, “Happily Ever After by Amelia”.
You tell me: would this story have been the same in Los Alamos? What about you? What’s your place? Let me know, and you’ll be eligible to win a copy of “Matching Wits With Venus”. Thanks for stopping by – may you have a wonderful weekend, wherever your place.
Thanks to Cinnamon Brown, creator of Blogfest: http://www.ajourneyofbooks.com/
Please visit these other Blogfest contributors: http://seductivemusings.blogspot.com/; http://snarkymamma.blogspot.com/; http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.com/; http://fromthetbrpile.blogspot.com/; http://www.hesperialovesbooks.com/
CONGRATULATIONS CASSANDRA HICKS! YOU HAVE WON A COPY OF “MATCHING WITS WITH VENUS”. THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS STOPPED BY – AND NOW A MEA CULPA. I AM VERY SORRY THAT I AM SO TARDY IN POSTING MY WINNER – WHEN I WENT TO LOG ONTO MY ACCOUNT AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST WEEK I SUSTAINED AN INJURY TO MY THUMB (ON MY DESK NO LESS) WHICH, ALTHOUGH INITIALLY THOUGHT TO BE BROKEN, WAS ONLY SPRAINED. SO I APOLOGIZE FOR MY INABILITY TO GET THIS ANNOUNCEMENT OUT THERE. I WISH ALL OF YOU A HAPPY AND HEALTHY HALLOWEEN AND A VERY HAPPY FALL SEASON (OR SPRING, FOR MY FRIENDS DOWN UNDER). : )