A whirlwind of connections.
#1 - Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett came to Burnsville to the literary festival a few weeks ago. Yes, here-- to my tiny town of 3,000. I was lucky enough to be on stage with them briefly to give traffic-flow instructions to the attendees as the "Flight Behavior Attendant." (Exits are located to the rear and sides of the cabin...) Lucy told me later, as the two waited in the back hall, listening to me... they laughed. I made Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett laugh.
#2 - This morning, just now, I listened to Elizabeth Gilbert's interview on Here and Now from September 2015 in which she talks about accidentally transferring the inspired spirit of a book idea into a kiss to Ann Patchett when they first met... a book about a woman in the Amazon... (The interview can be heard here.)
#3 - My good friend and writer-friend (who brought Ann and Barbara to town) gave me Signature of All Things for Christmas and I read State of Wonder immediately after it. See this blog post here for further evidence of ideas weaving their own tail-eating snakes through literature.
All this before coffee, shower, or morning pages!
The kids are all in school, the wild turkey and deer snack on the neighbor's windfall apples, and I have the day before me...