Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Welcome spring...and color...and joy @Liz Flaherty

I've written before about dwelling on things, not being able to let things go even when holding onto them is painful. The fact that I am indeed one who dwells is one of my husband's least favorite things about me. It's one of my least favorite things about me.

So, on the heels of a winter that seems to have gone on for...oh, Lord, years, with illness in my family and grief and sadness waiting around every corner in my mind, I'm working at being healthier in all those corners.

I've fallen a lot lately, so I went to rehab to get a "Gate" evaluation, where I aced 56 out of 56 challenges. Next week I'm having my ears checked because balance may be part of the problem. I'm also trying to concentrate on...concentrating. And picking up my feet. And not hurrying.

I'm back on the Nickel Plate trail walking. Not far and definitely not fast. But, oh, it's a good thing. I attend church, but my time on the trail is praying time. Talking to myself time. Searching time. It's good for the writing, too, but mostly it's good for the soul.

Color is always my friend. My favorite quilts,
paintings, and book covers are the most colorful ones. Springtime brings color with it. And joy.

I can't say that I had a real purpose in this post, other than perhaps that I'm reminding myself of what I owe the people who read my books. Readers expect different things from different writers. From me they expect some angst, some getting better by working at it, and lots of color. They expect the people in my books to come out on the other side, not to dwell on what they can't change.

If you're a writer, what do you think you owe your readers? If you're a reader, what do you expect from the author when you open a book?

4 comments:

  1. Good question, Liz. I believe I owe my readers the pleasure of enjoying the written world, of being swept out of their life and into someone else's for the duration of the bokk.

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  2. I love this post! It's uplifting. I want to give my readers an immersion into a rich experience. I tend to be dwell on things and work on processing stuff rather than ignore it. I find that fascinating and that's the kind of depth I want readers to expect from me.

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. I think we share some feelings, don't we?

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