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Writers: The Wanderers of Life

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Elizabeth Gilbert

Hello Dear Followers,

I am on vacation this week so I thought I would drop in and write a new blog post.  I am currently re-reading “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I promise this blog won’t turn into an Elizabeth Gilbert fan page, I am still in the midst of finishing her new book, “Big Magic.”

I stopped “Big Magic” to return to “Eat, Pray, Love” for some life advice.  I assume many of you know, she keeps an active Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, so I follow her regularly on all three.

I love reading her words of wisdom daily or almost daily and trying to figure out how to infuse what she tells us into my own life.  She is so wise.

I read “Eat, Pray, Love” for the first time around the time when it came out, in 2006.. I read it because it was the book to read at the moment.  But I never soaked in what she was trying to say in her book.

This time around, I read it again because I needed to.  I needed my dosage of Liz on a grander scale than just her daily posts on Facebook.  I needed her mentoring about life.  I wanted to know how she went through some tough times and got through, what was her method?

(Spoiler Alert ahead!)

Anyway, she recently announced that she was getting separated from the man she met in the last chapter of “Eat, Pray, Love.”  It was shock to all of her followers I am sure.  But it made me applaud her, she always ran to the beat of her own drum, a wanderer of sorts through life.  She was inspiring.

I then began to look back at other writers I loved in my life… with the exception of Laura Ingalls Wilder,  most of my favorite writers weren’t married.   Jane Austen, not married.  Louisa May Alcott, to my research… never married.

Liz was married once, and now this would be her second marriage.  These famous writers have something in common – independence.  They are strong enough in their own minds and hearts to carry on their own away from the confines of marriage.  I applaud them.

So many women these days, particularly women my age (33 and older)  feel that it is a must or be viewed as some sort of failure in life.  I am not married, even though I so want to be, but I also enjoy this life.

I am a successful writer, living on my own doing my own thing… I have good friends and family. I have accomplished a lot in my life.

I don’t pretend to know the reason behind Liz’s separation from her husband, it could be a myriad of things, but I still applaud her strength and ability to move forward with her life.

I applaud all of the other authors before her too, that found the strength to remain independent in their own lives and in their craft.

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

 

You Didn’t Need to Churn Butter

Hello Dear Followers,

After my post last week, I realized I had more to say about “The Wilder Life” because as I continue to read, I never heard of anyone so enthralled by an author as Ms. McClure is with Laura Ingalls Wilder.

She churned butter just to live a little bit in Laura’s life, in every chapter so far she has connected herself to the Ingalls family in some way. I found myself wanting to join her and back away from her at the same time.

Don’t get me wrong, I too have immersed myself for a day of author Louisa May Alcott’s  life (Little Women), wondered what it must have been like to have walked the same streets as she did, wondered how different it was during her time.  But I feel Ms.  McClure’s love is taken to a whole other level, and I am not sure what to call it.

I do commend her for her painstaking approach to detail and research. She has made me want to pull out my books and re-read, (I don’t re-read, but she has made me want to seriously consider it. Maybe a summer of Laura perhaps?

I am very much enjoying this book, I think Ms. McClure is funny and I think she speaks true to what most of us at some point or another thought about the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.  I am not finished yet, but I am getting there and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on the final post for this book.

Until next time…

 

 

Some of the Greats

Elizabeth Gilbert

Hello Dear Followers,

Well it’s a stormy day here in Connecticut, however the storm hasn’t hit where I live, but something is brewing. It makes for a perfect evening for reading with a hot cup of coffee. This is my heaven.

I was just in Barnes and Noble and began to think about all the books I’ve read over the years and what some of my favorites have been since childhood.  I thought I’d share with you my thoughts about some of my favorites! I’d also love to hear what some of yours are too!

I am a child of the 1990s, so when I was young some of my major book influences were the “Babysitters Club” series by Ann M. Martin  and “Sweet Valley High” series by Francine Pascal . The “Babysitters Club’s Little Sister series were always my absolute favorite as well.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Since my childhood, I was always interested in history and my Mom ( who was also an avid reader) introduced to me to Laura Ingalls Wilder series, which I instantly gravitated towards. My favorite in this series were “These Happy Golden Years” when Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder finally get together. I could read that book over and over again, often living vicariously through Laura’s life. I am probably the only one at my age that watched the television show with Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert and truly appreciated it for what it was.

When I was a little older, about nine or 10 I’d say, I was introduced to American Girl, it began with my Samantha Parkington doll and of course her series. I love those books because it not only gave you a fictional story, but the series gave you an inside look to a different time period, which always until this day captivates me to want to read more.  Of course, with Samantha came the other dolls with their books, and while I only had Samantha, I truly enjoyed reading about Felicity, Kirsten, Molly and Addy. (Have any of you been the American Girl Store in New York City? If I was still a young girl it would be like a dream come true for me!)

Louisa May Alcott

Then, there was “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, truly one of my absolute favorite authors, as you have probably read in my previous posts. I am always inspired by this author and her life. As a writer myself I feel a true connection between her and I. I am sure that is what it is like for many of you Louisa May Alcott fans. I visited Concord, Mass., last summer and it was truly a memorable experience that I will never forget.

Reading fluctuated as I got older due to time and life really, while the love for it was always there, there were times I just never got to it on a regular basis. But to be a good writer I realized, you need to be a good reader of all things and so I made some changes.

I can say as an adult, some of my favorite writers include Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat Pray, Love” and “Committed,” Nicholas Sparks, author of “The Notebook” and many wonderful others and Wally Lamb, author of “She’s Come Undone.”  Ms. Gilbert inspires me the same way Louisa May Alcott did as a child, Ms. Gilbert inspired me to want to explore different places and record them to the best I could. I haven’t traveled the world (yet) but she inspired me with her beliefs about life, her struggles and her goals.

I have a strong appreciation for some of the classic writers like Ernest Hemingway, Nathaniel Hawthorne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and so many others that I have yet to begin reading yet.

Ok! Until next time!

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