To celebrate my seventieth birthday I’m writing and posting long overdue thank you notes to seventy of those writers who inspired and shaped my own writing. My mother insisted I write such a note to anybody who gave me so much as a Tootsie Roll, and over the decades I’ve continued to express my appreciation in writing for the many presents and kindnesses I’ve received. But I’ve neglected to thank writers, generous souls who’ve given me some of my most cherished gifts.
A number of these beloved benefactors now live only on the pages of their books, but no matter. I’ll write to them anyway and hope that in some authorial afterlife free of deadlines, rejections, soul-stealing day jobs, and disparaging reviews, my muses will read of my appreciation. As for those authors who still walk and write among us, Google Alert will lead them here.
To readers, writers, writing teachers, and friends who find your way to this blog, I hope my thank-yous revive memories of books you’ve enjoyed and maybe even prompt you to reread one or two or try an author you’ve overlooked, and perhaps you’ll be moved to thank a few writers yourself. Do it and post your own notes here! You may lead the rest of us to a new and rewarding reading experience.