On a weekend holiday we stopped into a favorite bookstore, Point Reyes Books. The store is both a great resource of new and used materials and a great community resource for literary and cultural events. Depending on the state of my own writing life, however, visiting even the finest of bookstores can have an inspiring or despairing effect: either I feel that maybe not soon but eventually my book will be here among the stacks, and my reading on the schedule, or I feel that the distance between my work and that of those writers snugly ensconsed on the shelves is great, too too great to travel. On Sunday though, I felt the former and as I spoke briefly to the owner felt strangely sure that we would recall this meeting with pleasure as we were discussing my newly published novel. It was such a strong feeling, I wondered at it. Then I came home and got to work.
While at the store I also picked up the latest issue of Poets and Writers magazine, which is also inspiring, as it lists both recent winners of various contests and prizes, and contests coming up that are open to all. Also interesting are the listings of magazines and anthologies requesting submissions.
Happy reading and writing.