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When I was asked to share an interesting but little-known fact about myself, my mind went immediately to the summer after I graduated high school. My father had retired from teaching that year and my parents were moving to another state. With my plans up in the air, I accepted an invitation from my older sister to fly to Alaska for the summer to work in a fish processing plant.
My relationship with fish? Remote. I mean, I ate them from time to time, but I’d picked up a rod precisely once. By the end of the summer, I could tell the difference between five species of salmon just by looking at the eggs. I knew how to grade the quality of the fish for different markets, I learned how to hitchhike effectively—turn your face in the direction of oncoming traffic and walk backward toward your destination, of course—and I figured out how to make a home in a gutted single-wide without water or electricity. Living without a kitchen for over four months with five children and two adults in the house, not to mention what the rest of the house looked like with the kitchen stuff scattered about is a close second, but that’s a story for another day.
I wrote a character in one of my books who loves to catch fish and hates to gut them, but in real life, I’m the opposite. I’ve processed more fish than I can count and still have gone fishing precisely once.
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Can You Hear Me Now?
As many a grandpappy has said, “You’re sparking on all fours, girl.”
You read our books, you “talk” to our authors via social media, and now you’re able to hear them on our podcast, Where Story Matters®. Do they sound as you imagined they would?
Voice has many meanings. As it pertains to writing, almost all of them have to do with what the author, screenwriter, poet, playwright, and lyricist wants you to hear. For some, listening to Alice Walker recite her own words is more powerful than reading them. For others, they’d rather “hear” the author’s voice in their head. Regardless, it’s voice that distinguishes a writer. Some are lyrical. Their words seem to dance on the page, flowing through your mind like a gentle river tripping over smooth stones. Some are sledgehammers, banging you over the head with their words, allusion, narrative, and dialogue.
The power of words never ceases to amaze, and in the hand of an eloquent wordsmith, many of us remember lines that defined us, scenes that mimicked our lives, and songs that echoed what we wanted to say but didn’t know how.
Voice can be cunning, luring us into a false truth. It can be healing, telling us a little engine could when we wanted to give up. It can be inspiring, sending us out into the world to try to be more of who we are.
The first written word is traced back to about 9,000 years ago when the Sumerians invented counting tokens, which represented objects to be itemized such as grain or land. Over the course of millennia, we have refined many times the systems we use to communicate, record, and entertain. While some look down their noses at the entertainment side of writing and its various voices, try this dare: can you remember the last chapter of your college chemistry book better than the last scene in Romeo and Juliet?
Did you know you can use your voice to record your questions for the panelists on our podcasts? Send the recorded questions to us at email@example.com and if your question is chosen the panelist will respond on the podcast. Plus, you’ll receive $15 in Boroughs Bucks to go shopping on our website.