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I’ve been going through the books on my shelves, and slowly entering ratings on Goodreads.

I’m amazed by how many books I’ve read. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been a reader. Every time I could find a book and a little hideaway spot, I’d slip into a story or try to digest some factual information.

book-case-door-after In the house where I grew up, I shared a bedroom with one of my sisters. Our dad had desks and bookshelves built into the walls in our second floor bedroom so we’d always have a place to study and store our books. But the part of our bedroom I loved the best was the area under the eaves accessed through hidden doors in our closets.

Supposedly for storage, countless books were read in those hidey spots by flashlight’s beam or by lamplight. I was so enthusiastic about reading in my hidden room that I smuggled in an old lamp and a rug to sprawl upon.

I had a room of my own for a couple of years before I married and moved out. When the remaining part of the second floor was converted into a bedroom,  my father had hidden doors to access the eaves added in that bedroom, too. But what was even better, he had a window seat built in the alcove created by two large closets. Nestled in that alcove with the sunshine or moonlight pouring through the window, I traveled many worlds curled up beneath a blanket, leaning on a pillow, with a book in hand.

Deepak Chopra said: “You will be transformed by what you read.” And I agree. Every book we read changes us just a bit. And after we’ve read them, a few books leave their mark on us for life.

As a writer, I hope something I’ve written will connect with my readers. Perhaps my words will bring them joy or help them smile. Perhaps my words will tug at their heart-strings or help them look at their world through new eyes. And maybe if I work hard enough on my craft, my words will make a difference.

Please stop by my page on Goodreads and become a Fan or Friend or Both: http://www.goodreads.com/vonnie_winslow_crist  Then, pick up a book, find your favorite reading spot, and be transformed.

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J.R.R. Tolkien wrote: “Little by little, one travels far.”

I believe Tolkien got it right, whether you think about a real trip, or one of life’s journeys. As for me, I’ve been on an interesting journey lately — embracing my love of myth, legend, and folklore, and pursuing publication opportunities in those genres.

Besides my “Fairy Stories, Magic, and Monsters” essay in the forthcoming “Make Believe” issue of  The Little Patuxent Review, I have 2 poems, “Harpers Ferry” & “Venus,” due out in the Maryland Writers’ Association anthology, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire. Both incorporate myth.

Paper Crow magazine just accepted my poem based on a fairytale villian, “A wolf is kept fed by his feet.” My story which features the Daughter of Winter called “On a Midwinter’s Eve,” was just accepted by Tales of the Talisman. And the anthology, In the Garden of the Crow, accepted, “Kingdom Across the River,” a poem of mine that is filled with nursery rhyme and fairytale references.

As part of the process of promoting my collection of fantasy stories, The Greener Forest, I’m attending SynDCon in Rockville, MD on Sat., April 2. And I just attended Mythic Faire a couple of weeks ago where I not only sold a few books, but I got to meet British folklore expert and author of 150 books, John Matthews.

And yes, my geekiness was on full display as I asked a pleasant John Matthews to sign 5 of his nonfiction books for me. I could have lugged along several more, but the volumes were so heavy I risked injury if I loaded them in my backpack. John seems to have happily written about folklore and myth for decades. Me? I’ve just recently gotten brave enough to listen to my heart, and pursue my passion for writing and painting work rooted in myth, legend, folklore, and fairytales.

Finally, I’m taking those little steps with the hope of journeying far, and I encourage each of you, writer or not, to find your passion and pursue it. Deepak Chopra writes: “Listen to our heart, your heart knows.” I believe he’s right.

For those who’d like a peek at the opening poem of The Greener Forest, you can visit poet, editor, educator & mom, Laura Shovan’s March 25th Poetry Friday blog:  http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2011/03/poetry-friday-make-believe.html  Thanks Laura for featuring my poem, and for your kind words about my book.

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