Seeing the light…

OK, it’s back to focusing on writing, rather than on reading! That said, it’s hard to put down a book that is wonderfully written, holds our attention, and is the subject of our friends’ book club meeting on New Year’s Eve very soon.

And that’s where IMG_1350I’ve been during most of my “empty” moments these past few weeks, immersed in Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, All the Light We Cannot See. And though this post is not going to be a review of the book, let me simply say that the writing is beautiful, portraying the people and places inside the story in a very special light.

The story traces the lives of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and a young German boy, Werner, whose lives are forever altered because of World War II. In reading every page, I couldn’t help but wonder, what might have been for these two young people. Then I realized that for all who lived during this cataclysmic time, the same could be said. Human kindness is too often smothered in the throes of war, yet we see it still existing in Werner throughout. I loved the book and recommend it as a holiday gift to someone or to oneself.

Now, I’m awaiting the arrival of Robert Harris’s An Officer and a Spy, which I need to read for our men’s book club at church the second Saturday of the new year. I suspect that the busy times are keeping things moving at a snail’s pace, and it will get here when it gets here! Ordered from Barnes & Noble over a week ago, it should have been here—under “normal” circumstances—so I’m getting edgy, to say the least.

In the meantime, while Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack from Charlie Brown’s Christmas plays in my earbuds, I have my Scrivener opened up to write this, as well as my novel. It is beckoning me to get back to work on it! My goal is to have it rewritten, edited, and published by spring. Whenever I think the story is not really worth spending any more time on (it’s been a few years now), I wake in the night, thinking of the characters and places where the whole thing takes place! Call me wacky, but maybe that’s a sign that I shouldn’t abandon the story just yet. And so, I shall persist on this stop-and-go journey of telling a tale.

Now, as this rainy morning comes awake here in northern Illinois, I realize that Christmas is creeping ever closer. All of the Christmas cards/letters went out yesterday, the gifts are wrapped and ready for the attack of the grandsons, and the house—inside and out—is adorned with very nice lights and decorations.

I’m not sure how many posts I’ll be able to get in before the end of 2015, so I will take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! In our very troubled times, I hope the goodness that lies within people will be the guiding light to achieve peace and well-being. As the wise men found their way to the simple stable one dark night long ago, may our journeys also be meaningful and full of hope.

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