I read to expand my awareness. I write for the same reason.
Books and stories open worlds. I love discovering new ideas through biographies, factual and scientific reading, and through fiction. Recently, I’ve been particularly enjoying books categorized as magical realism — serious magic, presented as real. I love contemplating, What if . . .
In celebration a favorite author‘s book release this week (The Witches of Cambridge), I am sharing quotes from Menna van Praag’s previous book, Dress Shop of Dreams, the story of a woman whose gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.
Walt loves Etta’s granddaughter, and owns the bookshop next to Etta’s dress shop. He also, secretly, reads stories on the radio. He doesn’t realize the impact his voice has on his listeners.
Etta said, “Most people think the world we live in is mundane, but you remind us that it’s magical. You wrap reality in the wonder and joy of fiction, until it infuses us and becomes true.”
“Well, I . . .” Walt falters.
Etta smiles. “You’re one of life’s magicians. You simply haven’t realized it yet.”
Though Walt respects Etta, he can’t quite believe her, so Etta continues:
Unfortunately most magicians are immune to their own magic. We see behind the veil, we live inside the nuts and bolts, the element of surprise is lost on us. But we can help each other.
Do you read magical books or blogs? Encounter magical people? I’d love to hear about them. We can help each other.
This post is inspired by
Silver Threading #WQW Writer’s Quote Wednesday
Ronowan Writes #BeWoW Be Wonderful on Wednesday; Be Writing on Wednesday