As I begin “Constructions” I’ve chosen a title that encompasses all forms of creative endeavor regardless of genre. While there are those who may feel that a person cannot expect to succeed in such dissimilar areas as children’s literature and sculpture, I take the opposite view: how can a truly creative person expend an entire lifetime on one idea? That one idea approach has its own minimalist attraction, however isn’t it really somewhat of a hyperbaric chamber?

My own path is constructed something like the trees that I so admire. There are branches that shoot off with fractal energy in many twisting and sometimes delicate forms, but all are connected to one sturdy trunk with a supporting set of roots beneath the surface. If I am simultaneously working on the craft of writing a young adult novel, trying to find an agent for a new non-fiction picturebook and figuring out how to incorporate mountain laurel branches into a steel base I am fabricating that will turn in the wind, I am not being disloyal to any one of these fields. I am simply exercising and honing all of my creative muscles in a holistic way.

My life goal is to express things inherent to me that will enhance the cultural lives of children and adults. So, if you can bear with my multilevel approach, perhaps I can take you for a pleasurable ride involving creative literacy.

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