Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

What’s in a Name

Recently I got a comment on an old Book Blurb Friday blog post. Most of you know that Book Blurb Friday is the brainchild of Lisa Ricard Caro of Writing in the Buff. The challenge of this fun meme for writers is to use her weekly picture as the cover of a pretend book, and then post an accompanying blurb. I had written about a fictional little boy.

Be sure and check out the comment I got from a man of the same name as my main character (though a slightly different spelling). The only reason I’m not using his name again is because I don’t want to further misdirect his online presence. I was telling this story to a friend, and her comment was that he sounds like an amazing man. Yes indeed.

Isn’t life cool?

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
~Alfred North Whitehead


  1. Somehow I missed this BBF, and that I regret, because I love Paulsen and Jack London. AND my son's name is Ian; the last name you gave your character is perfect.

    However, connecting with a real Ian Spindly is an incredible twist.I think you could write a book about this story within a story. Truth IS stranger than fiction.

  2. That is so neat! I always wonder if I am using somebody's real name when I made up my stories.

    Kathy M.

  3. It's a small world, after all.

  4. Wow! What an amazing coincidence that he found that post.

    Critter Alley

  5. Amazing. I wonder if he Googled his name and that's how he found your comment.

  6. Donna, that's what I assume. I Googled him, and it looks like he is quite a journalist. That's what I meant about not wanting to misdirect people - he probably doesn't want my blog popping up with his online writing credits.

    Sioux, I love that you think big! :)


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