From ď76 TrombonesĒ on the radio, to our hometown bandís rousing rendition of ďBlaze Away,Ē to the bagpipes of the Grenadier Guards at Windsor Castle, to the Sousa tunes of my adopted countryóIíve always loved a good march. Itís in my blood.
Today I march forward, not in lockstep with anyone, but to the beat of a different drum. I look back only to see how far I have come, and to glean material for stories.
Though I camp out frequently for spiritual refreshment, or to help a fledgling writer, the movement is ever forward, never in retreat.
Along the way, I leave touchstones to celebrate victories large or smallóreminders of why I set out on this crazy venture. Fan mail from students. My first royalty check. A napkin from Cherilynís launch party. The blue star Miss Downer gave me in kindergarten for my retelling of ďI Saw a Ship A-Sailing.Ē
Single-minded as a foot soldier along a straight, solid Roman road, on the
foundation laid by writers who marched before us, I keep marching.
Step by step, word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, page after page, chapter after chapter, to completion of another book.
And another. And another.
Iím a writer. Itís what I do.