Which has made me feel humbled, honored, excited…and terrified.
I think the first three speak for themselves. The fourth? Well, perhaps I should explain.
The people who have invited me into their blogdom are talented, inspirational and wise. I read, ponder and absorb what they say. I recognize many of the names of the people who comment on said blogs. I read, ponder and absorb what THEY say.
We’re talking some pretty awesome-in-a-true-sense-of-the-word people here.
And I think, how can I possibly contribute something worthy, something of true substance, something these intelligent folks don’t already KNOW?
Just days ago, I read a fantastic blog about perspective on Tara Lazar’s (incredible) PiBoIdMo challenge. Obviously, guest blogger and author Liz Garton Scanlon was talking about writing picture books. And it resonated with me in that context.
But it also struck a chord with me on another level. It reinforced the notion that we all have our own ways of looking at things, our own ways of processing information.
No one can see something in the exact way that I do. Through my eyes. Tangled up in my brain. From my heart.
With that thought in mind, I realize I do have things to say. In the hopes of shining some new light, of offering a fresh perspective, of giving back to those who continue to give so freely, I respectfully and most graciously accept these offers.
I can only hope to inspire all of you a fraction of how much you’ve all inspired me. But I am very thankful for the chance to try.
Note: Please join me – and a host of amazing writer and illustrators – in accepting the PiBoIdMo challenge: 30 picture book ideas in 30 days, hosted by Tara Lazar. I’ll be guest posting November 18. http://taralazar.wordpress.com/2011