Dedication: Susan Branch, (author), Kate (BFF) who always said I could, Ann (sis-in-law who encouraged my love of writing by her gifts of blank journals), and for the two E’s who will know their Zannah one day.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.”…Anais Nin…
Don’t you just love discovering a book you can’t put down? Reading Susan Branch’s 2nd book of her memoirs: “Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams,” I ran to the library to get my hands on her other books. I came home with both her 1st book, “Fairy Tale Girl,” and the last book of her trilogy, “A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with the English countryside.” She’s a true Anglophile and I’m British, so I knew what she was talking about when she described her travels to England. While she was falling in love with all things English, and the countryside, I was falling in love with her writings and enigmatic illustrations, and, I guess, a little in love with her.
Turning the pages of her books, getting more and more involved in her life’s experiences, I thought, “why can’t I write like this?” We all have stories to tell. My life has been crazy, too. It has oftentimes been exhilarating and confusing with all the twists and turns I never expected. Somewhere along the way of what I have experienced, I think you will see and feel some of the same things, too. I never really set out to write a blog, but I was in the habit of keeping journals, (like Susan’s “diaries”), and I found myself wanting to share my own thoughts and feelings, most of them good, some bad, and some downright ugly.
“What’s the worst that could happen?” I ask myself. I’ll at least have a memoir that might, just might, interest my baby grandaughter one day. Wouldn’t that be lovely? So, thank you, Susan Branch for your inspiration and to quote you from “Isle of Dreams, page 193, “Lesson #1: To Begin, Begin.” (please don’t sue me, Sue).
“It’s impossible” said Pride
“It’s Risky” said Experience
“It’s Pointless” said Reason
“Let’s do it Anyway” said the heart.