– even in the ‘alien-to-us’ surrounds of a motel room,
– still I wake for different reasons, and the ideas start to flow, and as usual, I find a certain clarity of thought after 4-5 hours sleep (this night the exhaustion of travel and an emotional day produced a restful 6 hours straight… a small miracle!)
My serendipitous mind turns to a question I answered a few years ago, in an attempt to improve the input to my blog/website, to create a writer’s platform (“Huh? What on earth is that?” I asked myself at that time.) A timely moment to re-assess, I decided the other night. And I wrote… and wrote… and edited a time or two (and I’m still editing as I type this). I thought the new, improved (and awfully lengthy version compared to the original answer) worth sharing. The question was –
Define your ‘why’. Define your central philosophy. How do you want to be known, what makes you different and what is the message you feel you must share with the world?
And already this time, I found the necessity to separate my two loves – my small children’s eBooks and my farming memoirs. They each have a different ‘why’ because of different stories/age group readership/interest level/personal aims. And so I have started with the kiddy book angle –
I want to be known as the author of quirky books for young children, fantasising the characters of toys and small animals so the children see their own toys with fresh eyes and a deeper love for them. (You can check my kids’ business home on the internet – ceedee4kids)
I want to help create the next generation of besotted bookworms.
I want parents to learn that sharing an eBook with a child on their lap is just as precious as sharing a paper edition – it’s the love that is shared that really matters. The book, in whatever form, is a wonderful excuse for the sweetest and most valuable bonding. I wish this storytelling would start even before birth – IF parents can put aside their inhibitions and see it as private as their own love-making that created this life. This is simply more love-making – to the foetus this time… simply more nurturing of that new and precious life.
I want my stories to be subtly educating young minds to be more compassionate and caring, especially for those who are vulnerable to Life’s downturns (is that maybe ALL of us?)
I want to impart the values of stepping back from all that ‘busyness’ and making time to dream, to contemplate, to imagine… and to find the ultimate gift of love and contentment that lurks deep within every heart and soul. Can you think of something more important in parenting?