Kate, the prolific and thoughtful blogger over at 4amwriter, graciously invited me to write a guest post this week.
My piece, Being Brave as Writers, was inspired by Kristen Forbes’ flash essay, “Brave on the Page,” which in turn lent its title to my new book, Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, which will be released on Monday. So head over there if you want to find out how many times the words “brave” and “afraid” show up in our 200-page book about writing. And be sure to read all the amazing comments her readers have left about the intersection of writing and courage.
If you want to stay up to date on Brave on the Page news, visit the new Forest Avenue Press blog. I’ll be posting links, publicity and other news over there on a regular basis.
Yesterday, my husband’s dear friend of twenty years died in a freak work accident. Hoot lived bravely and loved fully. He always had a smile for everyone, and he had a great appreciation for art and artists. So please, as you go about your day, smile at a stranger, hug your loved ones and admire the beauty in this world. There’s so much beauty if we remember to look up from our to-do lists long enough to notice.