by Judith Marshall
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write about enduring female friendship. But it wasn’t until I read, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, that I was motivated to quit my job in corporate America and follow my dream. Reading about Vivi and her group of lifelong friends reminded me of how blessed I am to have a similar group of gal pals I’ve known since high school. They say, “write what you know,” so that’s what I did. I created six very diverse characters, placed them in a small California town in the 50s, and watched where they took me over the next forty years. It was a wild ride.
So inspiration can come from anywhere; from a book you read, a dream you have, or an accident you see on the way home from work. The idea from my second novel, Staying Afloat, came from observing an affair between the CEO and the Controller at my last company. Inspiration is everywhere. The key is to be open to it, to see it as impetus to write something, from beginning to end, not stopping until you’ve completed a first draft. And before you know it, you may have realized your dream of writing that novel.
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Judith Marshall is a author of Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever, winner of the Jack London Prize awarded by the California Writers Club. She is currently working on her second novel, Staying Afloat, the story of a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother who morphs into a sex-starved adulteress.
I have had my Kindle for a couple of weeks now. It’s great! I have read two novels and have a free trial subscription to the New York Times that is automatically delivered to the device each morning.
It is so cool! It’s easy on the eyes, feels like a real book in my hands, and has some really innovative features. Not only can I read the material downloaded onto it, I can click on any line of text and ask it to look up words. It will automatically provide a dictionary page for me. It also allows for marking pages and making notations to the text.
I don’t think I’ll give up print books, but this is such a great alternative when I’m travelling or just out and about. I can have any number of books, magazines, newspapers with me in this one paperback-sized, lightweight device. No more backpacks and tote bags full of heavy books.
I wish my college-aged nieces and nephews could get their textbooks as e-books. Can you imagine walking around campus and fitting everything on this one little device?
So far so good for my new Kindle.