Last Thursday night, I was fortunate to receive a fresh whiff of inspiration. Not only on the craft of writing, but on living as a writer.
Rick Steber graced our monthly COWG [Central Oregon Writers Guild] meeting with stories and a personality as grand as a Hemingway novel. Like a throw back to authors that were, to another age, to what we should be, he spoke of his journey and what brought him to what he does.
He writes in a log cabin in the Ochoco mountains, penning beautiful lines to commemorate lives in the west, saving bits of the old west before it disappears for good. Then he spoke of these humble folks and their stories as rich as any Hollywood movie, as beautiful as any literary award-winning novel.
The way he spoke matched the words he writes. I look forward to reading the novel I bought that night, and I had a hard time choosing. A lot of folks did. He’s written 30+ and found a way to make a living at this writing gig. You can find out more about him HERE
I don’t write westerns, and I’m not a western native, but I love the west and it colors the stories I do write. Oregon is as much a character in my stories as anything else. It rises from ash and dust to find a new home among the stars or in a different realm, but it is Oregon.
They say to write what you love. Rick certainly does, and I realized that I do, too. The west somehow seeps into bones. I breathe it. I’m grateful for it and that I call it home. This place is so rich in people, character, history, nature, and vistas.
From volcanoes and great geological activity, Oregon has risen from the ashes, and I transported it to the stars. What’s inspired you lately?
This is my contribution both to Jessica McKendry’s From the Ashes hop and Celebrate the Small Things.
From the Ashes
Jaina Indera has been preparing her entire life for the chance to prove herself a superior and loyal citizen of the Imperial Alliance. In order to do so, she believes she must win the galaxy-wide competition known as the Trials. With training at her Gifted School progressing swiftly, everything looks like it is on pace for her to achieve her dream…until a boy named Dragon enrolls in her class.
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Find out more at www.jessicamckendry.com
Celebrate the Small Things
Every Friday, Vicklit of Scribblings of an Aspiring Author hosts the celebrate the small things blog hop.
Besides my encounter with Rick last week, I’m grateful to everyone who helped me get the word out about my new book this week.
And very grateful to my awesome fans. Rob, I’m glad you loved this book as much as I did.
Congrats to Jessica! I wish you mega sales and success!
Have a great weekend everybody!