Friday, March 26, 2010

twilight or dawn?

Is it sad that I am (the last person reading) the Twilight book? I know, _Farenheit 451_ to _Twilight_?? Yikes! Don't roll over, Mr. Bradbury! I just needed something light to read in order to fall asleep. Really...
I admit--it's entertaining. And, while reading the first several chapters, I had a vision of my own words, my own story, actually in print. That was the first time I have ever been able to actually picture one of my stories in a published form. (Perhaps it was much less humbling to compare my own writing to this particular book, as compared to 451...) It came in a flash, and I saw my words on the page for a brief, glorious moment.
There hasn't been much time for writing lately, especially with my Grandma in the hospital for heart problems. This amazing, 87 year old powerhouse has just finished writing her 4th book! She has self-published them, and they are amazing. The latest is a fascinating geneological history of her Green(e) side of the family, mostly from the women's perspectives. She does a wonderful job of painting the colorful picture of what these people's lives were like. (Mostly, they were horribly tough and they had to toil for every necessity that I, soft and lazy, take for granted!)
Grandma is a great reminder that it never is too late to write.

3 comments:

Amanda said...

If it makes you feel any better I went from reading Kafka's "The Castle" to the entire Harry Potter series (which I had never read). I'm looking forward to grandma's new book. Her dedication to making sure we know what tough stuff we came from (whether or not we'll ever live up to them) really kind of blows my mind. To grandma!

Mr. Mommy said...

I don't think Ray Bradbury would begrudge you the boost your writerly self-esteem got from reading something like "Twilight"...not only did it get published, it was a worldwide phenomenon. At least based on a rough survey of female teenagers in my classes. The only difficulty may be if in the future you finish your "Meisterwerk" and it's amazing, and the reading public doesn't recognize it's greatness -- they just want more overwrought novels about mopey vampires.

Betsy said...

Yes, to Grandma! And we are pretty tough, when it comes down to brass tacks, eh?