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A Rock for a Seed
Next week my husband and I will drive up to Maine. On Friday morning we'll board a ferry in Rockland to cross 15 miles of West Penobscot Bay to reach Vinalhaven Island, where I plan to immerse myself in the atmosphere, setting, and voice of my novel-in-progress, get to know my characters, and weave the plot that will bind them together.
It was three years ago that we first went to Vinalhaven, although we have explored and loved the rugged coast of Maine for nearly thirty years. One day while paddling our kayaks on the Basin (a nearly enclosed tidal "lake" rich with wildlife), we came across a dilapidated fisherman's shack perched on a boulder just above the water.
We went ashore to explore and found the door of the shack open. But even more intriguing than the shack was an inscription chiseled into a nearby rock. It was actually more of a poem than an inscription, one that started strong and clearly etched, but faded into rough granite, leaving a mystery to be solved.
And from that rock, a seed of a story germinated...