Building My Wings

I had planned on blogging about other things today. Things like this or this. But then I saw the news that Ray Bradbury died, and that spawned all kinds of thoughts, mostly about how I read his stories during my junior high years and how his work have their place in my writing lineage (if you will).

Think of all the people whose lives were touched by what he wrote. That’s huge. What a legacy.

Now, all these years later, his quotes about life and creativity continue to encourage and lead me. One of my favorites has always been: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

Ray Bradbury also said,

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

This is our confession week. Here’s my confession: I’ve jumped from the crafting side to the business side of writing. I’m in the querying trenches. It’s fascinating and scary all at once. I have full manuscripts out on request, and revision requests to consider. One agent described my novel using the words “fabulous” and “thrilling” and “fresh”. Hearing that from someone who isn’t a friend or my mom sent me over the moon.

I’ve jumped. I’m building my wings. And I’m grateful for those who jumped before, who paved the way for those of us who follow in their steps.

Thank you, Ray Bradbury, for your imagination, your innovation, your inspiration.