It would be too easy, given all that's going on in the world, to give in to despair. I find that I'm happiest when I'm writing, when I'm in the zone, in a fictional world of my creation. I finish a chapter, look up at the clock, and see that hours have passed without me really being aware of it. That's not such a bad thing right now. Take your mind off the outside world and spend some time in a better one.
Somewhere along the journey to adulthood, I lost that early confidence. Writing became a chore, not a joy, and when a teacher in high school bled all over one of my darlings with a red pen, the words “you have no style” became the nail in the coffin of my writing. I went on to become an English major in college, but I took as few writing courses as the syllabus would let me get away with. A chore became a sentence.
2020 has been some year. Here at DartFrog, we’ve been thinking a lot about our network of independent bookstores and how “Safer at Home” is impacting them, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to address the protests that continue to rock our nation in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.