A writer's journey in reading, writing, and searching for stories around the world.
March 20, 2014
Yes, I'm starting a blog. This surprises even me. Many of the blogs I read are very personal and I’m not one to rip myself open, pull out my heart and present it on a platter for the world to see. Some bloggers—I don’t know how she does that—seem to have something spontaneous to say and share every day. I’m a slow writer, spending days on revisions and always setting a piece aside before offering it to anyone to read. So, it was difficult to see myself as a regular blogger.
I recently took a workshop on blogging (Well, not that recently. As admitted, I’m a slow writer), and one of the presenters did an exercise to get us started. “Focus on one topic in your blog,” she suggested. “What is it that you are passionate about? What is the general theme of your writing?” I tried to find a common element, a theme in my writing. I write fiction and my first three books were inspired by art, my debut effort set in Paris, the second in Florence, the third in Munich. Yes, art! I thought. A blog about art. But my upcoming Berkley novel, LOST AND FOUND IN PRAGUE (January, 2015) has nothing to do with art. I’ve also got a new book coming soon from Ninth Avenue Press, which includes a novella set in the place I grew up, Twin Falls, Idaho. It seemed that I was all over the place.
And then it came to me—PLACE. That is my theme! And so, here it is: my blog. I’ll write about traveling the world—from Paris to Twin Falls, Idaho, in my books. (But the other way around in real life.) I’ll share stories about my travels in search of a story, or share a book I’ve read and loved particularly for its setting. I’ll invite other writers to share how PLACE has become an important part of their stories. I invite you to join me in this journey.
Read Wendell Berry who profoundly writes about place
-Radska, March 23, 2014