When I was 7 or 8 years old, my mother bought for my sister and me an entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica. It is a 30 volume set of giant hardbound books with impossibly thin pages. I remember the salesman demonstrating the strength of the binding, and the pages, by holding up one volume by a single page. I don’t recall if my sister ever touched the set, but I would lovingly run my hands over the bindings and pull one volume out randomly and open it across my little lap.
I am shocked to realize that was three decades ago. If I were to venture up into my cold, dark attic and beat a path to the corner where the Encyclopedia now lives, in boxes, I wonder what I might find if I look up “internet.”
A set of reference books was once a good investment. Nowadays we simply open a browser and can locate information on anything, within a matter of seconds. The laptop and IPhone may have replaced the 30 volume set, but the need for information persists; we still store it until we need it.
In the tradition of the old reference library, I have added a new page (see above): On Storytelling. Storytelling is a topic I touched on a couple weeks back, and continues to inform this process to change my life and everything I write about. It is important to me that I make a space on my virtual book shelf for “storytelling.” A place to put down in words this personal philosophy so that I can refer back to it from time to time. Like the Encyclopedia Britannica, and the internet, the content will grow and shift as my philosophy grows and shifts. That’s all part of the story, and storytelling is the heart of Sudden.Write.Turn.
As always, thank you for reading. Thank you for being a part of my journey.
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