Old Pelican and I feeling grateful.
The interior work of a writer is private by nature, yet inside of the solitude of creating story, there is a communal, almost universal sense of being that merges with craft. It’s an opening that allows time, and place to be driven, known, used by character, and the story is born.
The sharing of that experience in the companionship of fellow authors at the Anderson Center was a bit of a metaphor for the writing process, itself. Together, John, Lauren, David, Stephanie, Mark, Christy, Edie, Carmen, Diane and myself found a private-communal writing home for five days. Our retreat was the external expression of who we are as a group and how we have evolved through the years shared. We have become colleagues, friends, a support system, and a word and heart family.
One potatoes' success is a gift to all of us.
Since that time spent together, my work has taken root, bloomed, words becoming story and finding its way through me. The gratefulness I feel to my potato family is deep and heartfelt.
-Potato Number Nine.