Some people have a star hanging over their heads. They have an aura of greatness. Or genius, or maybe talent? Or maybe, just maybe, it's the slice pizza I had the night before. I don't know what it is. But yesterday I saw yet another example of it. I had the privilege to sit down to lunch with it. I laughed with it. I joked with it.
Have you ever seen the movies Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile? I had the great privilege of having lunch with their author, Ms. Catherine Lanigan, thanks to Joanna Waugh, President of Chapter 89 of my RWA NW. Indiana Chapter.
During her presentation, she didn't say anything too different than anything I knew (thank heavens. Means I'm learning something) Even down to the professor who told her she had no talent. (I had one of them too) the stories were hilarious--and bittersweet. Enough the stop a young, inexperienced writer to stop for ten years. I was already older when it happened to me, so I only decided to give up my dream for five.
What was amazing was the aura she had around her presence, the love shining in her eyes for her topic, the love she obviously had for her husband who sat in the background. I like to say, the man who watched her back.
If you have a chance, you should google the name Catherine Lanigan. She's an inspiration. She's a reason to keep going even when your instincts say "quit."
Instincts aren't all they're cut out to be.
By the way, did I give her a bookmark? You betcha.
Have a good day.