Stuttering to Myself

What a marvelous, strange day! I had the great opportunity to hear Jeannette Walls, the author of
The Glass Castle (now moved to number one on my nightstand list, right after I finish Elizabeth Bunce’s A Curse Dark As Gold) speak at a Caritas fundraiser in Austin. My husband Dave was the official photographer, and I volunteered as well. They put me in with the group in charge of selling the artwork done by a support group of formerly homeless women. Of course, I don’t think they knew I did this professionally for years (selling art glass across Texas and Louisiana when I was young and sales rep material)! I have to say, we sold a lot. One piece to me! It’s painted on a skinny cabinet door, very cool. Found art.
Now to the stuttering. For the first time in… ever… I had an idea come together for a story that made me stop, break into a cold sweat, and think “Can I do this?”
I mean, really. I was freaking out, wondering if I could make this fabulous idea rest on the page, retaining its inital impulse and shape.
I have the first draft done. I don’t know if I captured it all, but I tried.
And, for the first time in… ever… it’s not humorous. It’s a picture book where all the main characters are shadows, at night, when they are free to relax and play. It combines my love for Latin dancing with my love for grandmothers. Gosh. I hope I can refine it, and find a home for it someday.

Posted in Children's Fiction, Miscellaneous on 04/30/2009 02:29 am


  1. Eeeh! I love books like that. Books that challenge you to explore new senses and reach beyond the norm. And um, hello? I LOVE to paint. It is my other passion. Oh yeah, that and dancing. LOL! Latin being my favorite!


    • Nikki Loftin

      Hi! Somehow I thought you would understand!
      I wish I could paint. My Mom is an accomplished artist (read: has sold her paintings in galleries, and been a professional artist for many years), and my son Drew has her talent! I’m so happy for him — she gives him art lessons; he has a real gift. But me? Nada. Zilch. Zip.
      Mine’s all in the writing! But I like to paint, even though I’m not really good at it!
      Now, Latin dancing? I love that, and I’m good at it! Especially salsa and merengue. Ooo. Talking about it makes me want to go dance right now…
      See ya!


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