This week we’re exploring books from around the world and I have to ask, if you could plan a literary tour around the world where would you begin? Would you start in your own country? Or, would you begin your journey on another continent? I’m thinking this might be my idea of a retirement plan. I would travel to the cities of other writers and try to find where they wrote their novels, or had lunch when they took breaks.
Like other writers, I dream about touching the metal keys of the typewriters that struck out the classics. In my college days, I once traveled with another book lover who felt like a literary queen because she got to sit in the same chair as W.B. Yeats. No one else had the chance to sit in the dark yellow polyester chair because she yelled out her claim every time we gathered to share our writing for the day.
Well, I want to sit at the desk of another famous writer. I’ve sat in the same book shop window as Garrison Keillor in downtown Minneapolis, but sadly, the store is no longer there. Why do we do such things as writers? We’re all looking for that inspiration that will lead to that one, the big breakthrough. And we admire and appreciate fellow writers. We all know what it’s like to bleed out through our words, to have setbacks, to struggle, and we cheer when another one us makes it.
Yes, there might be some envy but understanding what we go through, we also feel the triumph of another author who made it past the sludge pile. It’s like animals in a zoo cheering for those who escaped for a minute, a day, or maybe a few. We all look through our iron bars, our piles of manuscripts wanting to break free. We all want to run wild through the zoo with papers flying around us. We all want a moment of literary triumph, even if it’s just for a minute, a day, or maybe a few.
So, take that walk today. Sit in your favorite literary chair and let those pens run wild. Better yet, find your own place to write, give life to our hometowns. Leave a favorite chair for someone else to find and admire.
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