Friday, June 3, 2011

The Spark

I'd like to say thank you again, to all who attended my book signing. The event would have been a flop without anyone there, so 'kiss-kiss' to all of you. Thank you also to those who could not make it, but still supported me.

Someone recently asked me "What is it that you are trying to accomplish by writing these books?"

My answer was that I'm not trying to accomplish anything. I'm writing simply because I love to write.

In life, it's easy to find things to be stressed about. Things happen that aren't enjoyable. Most of the time, you don't even have to go looking for them. I am a firm believer that life is to be enjoyed. So I try my best to take advantage of the things that make my life enjoyable. There are many things that make me feel a spark. Many of which I’ve mentioned in UNDIES IN A BUNCH; Love, friendship, cooking food, eating food, dancing salsa, buying clothes and shoes, wearing clothes and shoes, vacations, restaurants, New York City... Some of the things that make my life enjoyable are extremely superficial. I've been reading too many magazines, but I promise, I do have some substance to me. I guess that depends on your level of what substance is.

Anyway, writing is one of my more substantial sparking qualities. The things that ignite me, also unify me and give me a sense of solidarity.

As I re-read stories in UIAB, for the millionth time, I began to doubt myself. Reading a story once to hear and see how it flows is exciting, but going over the same stories repeatedly with a fine toothed comb can become mundane. No matter how mundane, though, my stories still managed to make me smile. And that within itself was a positive.

With art you do what you feel; some people will get your art and some won't. Every song, art piece, book or movie is not for everyone, and that is what I had to accept about my book.

In some stories, my writing style isn't straightforward or traditional so some will get the point and some won't. Some will like more stories than others and some won't like my book at all. I am okay with that.

"What is it that I am trying to accomplish...?"

The solidarity and accomplishment I feel from the positive feedback on UIAB, reminds me that I never, ever should have doubted myself for a moment. Touching someone through words, making them smile is an added bonus.

Thank you, thank you!

SUMMER
I've smelled summer in the air the past couple of weeks, but didn't commit to the season until this week. I've already taken to the streets of my lover, my city, New York; allowing my booty to jiggle free in the warm breeze...only those who read UIAB will know what I'm talking about. J

Take advantage of the fantastic, summer days ahead. They go so fast. Dine at an outdoor restaurant with some good company...

Enjoy!

~Louise C.
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