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Ruffle Some Feathers: Shine

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
– Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L’Engle is best known for a Wrinkle in Time and other YA books which featured strong girl protagonists and characters that today would be defined with labels or diagnoses. She also wrote novels for adults. I love almost everything L’Engle wrote, but particularly, her four-book autobiographical series called The Crosswick Journals, about her time balancing her creative, family, and community life.

Every so often I need out—away from all these people I love most in the world—in order to regain a sense of proportion.
– Madeleine L’Engle in A Circle of Quiet

Madeleine’s gentle spirit shines throughout her writing, so I was delighted to discover the quote I chose for this Writer’s Quote Wednesday.

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Marianne Williamson’s best known quote elaborates on the sentiment.


I am remembering to SHINE. It’s the right thing to do.

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After I posted, the following came across my feed:

12 Fantastic Facts About ‘A Wrinkle in Time’


… and that scared publishers even more. L’Engle believed that the relatively uncommon choice of a young heroine contributed to her struggles getting the book in stores.

Nevertheless, the author stood by her heroine and consistently promoted acceptance of one’s unique traits and personality. When A Wrinkle in Time won the 1963 Newbury Award, L’Engle used her acceptance speech to decry forces working for the standardization of mankind, or, as she so eloquently put it, “making muffins of us, muffins like every other muffin in the muffin tin.” L’Engle’s commitment to individualism contributed to the very future of science fiction. . .