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The Write a Dear Reader contest launches two weeks from today, on September 14th. As I know from past experience, inspiration can hit anytime...
Inspiration seems to find me when I'm in the bathtub and that's okay. Soaking and writing, I can handle that. It's the jumping out of the tub part--when I've forgotten to set a notebook and pen on the white wooden bench that sits beside my old clawed bathtub--that drives me crazy. And I could actually injure myself some day.
I'm not sure how or why creativity strikes in the tub, but here's my theory: I like my bath water hot. So hot that I can barely slide into it without feeling a burn. It's a major shock to my system, but maybe it's that stinging jolt that dislodges something creative that's been stuck in my mind. An explosive, water-born idea that has to be addressed immediately.
I jump up--no time to reach for a towel--and run into the other room desperately needing to fill the prescription for my relief. But on the way to locating a pen and paper, it's a perilous course. I have wooden floors in my home--the original ones from 1926--and my wet feet slip and slide across them, keeling over out of control.
I can see it now when the paramedics arrive.
"How did this happen Suzanne?"
Naked, still dripping wet, with a cordless phone in my hand: "Well, I was in the bathtub, inspiration hit me--you know how it is, don't you? The words are right there, so clear in your mind, just beggin' you to write them down. I didn't have any paper and I was running to get some, so I wouldn't forget the idea. Did you know wooden floors are really slippery when your feet are wet? And here I am. Would you hand me a towel?"
* Congratulations to the winners of It's a Seashell Day from Guest Author Dianne Ochiltree: Donna, Nancy and Susan.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
AUTHORBUZZ: SLAUGHTER (Thriller) by John Lutz
Like the other books in the Frank Quinn series, my new book is calculated to make you want to finish it as fast as possible. The idea is for the reader to experience something like a ride on a roller coaster. It should provide some vicarious thrills and fears, but more than that it should incite the powerful urge to want to stay on for another ride. There is real danger in a roller coaster ride and I hope the readers of my books can feel it.
Go to: http://authorbuzz.com/dearreader click on SLAUGHTER to read more and to email author John Lutz, you'll get a reply.