On Saturday, June 1 (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), I’ll be exhibiting in the Authors Showcase at the KJZZ Arizona StoryFest in Mesa, Arizona. This free event will be held at the Mesa Convention Center, Building C (201 North Center Street). If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by and see me. I’ll provide An Unobstructed View of all three of my books. In the meantime, here’s a little anecdote that may inspire you to write or at least get you in the storytelling mood.
It was July of 1989. My thirty-second birthday had just come and gone. At least that’s what the calendar told me. But I wasn’t feeling celebratory. I felt lost. Personally and professionally. I was deeply depressed.
Seated across from me in his suburban Chicago office was Randy (not his real name), a kind and confident man in his forties with salt-and-pepper curly hair. Randy was my new friend. Randy was my lifeline. Randy was my therapist.
Over the next several years, I saw Randy twice a week. With his guidance, I always left with more hope than when I entered his office. We spent most of our time together exploring my family history and unwinding personal traumas. But, during one of our sessions, Randy asked, “If you could do something different professionally … something that isn’t public relations … what would it be?”
“I’ve always loved to write,” I responded. “I think I have at least one good book in me.”
Randy didn’t say much. He just smiled.
Thirty years have passed. It’s been nearly twenty-five years since I last spoke with Randy. But I’ll never forget the many ways he helped me find, accept and love myself during my tumultuous thirties.
If he were to read this, I know Randy would be proud and perhaps a little amazed that over the past five years I’ve written and published three books … that I’m surviving in my sixties in a warmer climate … that I’ve found my voice and a happier life with my husband … that I’m sharing my stories with the world … that I’m telling and selling stories in the desert.
Thank you, Randy, for all of your gifts!
4 thoughts on “Telling Stories in the Desert”
It would be great if, somehow, you could send this to Randy. He would be glad to know how he helped you.
You have come a long way. You have more good books to write!
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Thank you, Tom. I tried finding Randy several years ago, but came up empty. Maybe someday our paths will cross again so I can thank him.
Best of luck at your exhibit!!!
Thank you, Julie!
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