“You shouldn’t be ashamed of us just because we choose a different lifestyle. When did you lose your sense of adventure?” Rose Mary Walls (The Glass Castle)
Book Proposal Fail
As many of you know, I’m working on a book about my mother’s murder and the events that preceded the tragedy, as well as, our lives after. For a while I was wrapped around the book proposal, particularly two parts: The genre and the competitive/comparative book list. I suppose if I had settled on the genre perhaps the book list would be easy, but no. I’d researched faith books about loss, memoirs, books specifically about a murder victims surviving family, true crime, etc. Throwing in the towel sounded really tempting to me at that point.
The Glass Castle
Well, I landed on a few potential books that actually have nothing to do with murder but do have a great deal to do with loss/tragedy and overcoming it. You may even say self-discovery. One book in particular was The Glass Castle. Strange how I stumbled upon it but so glad I did. First of all, Jeanette Walls is the story teller of all story tellers. The pages filled with the ups and downs of her life, her desperate attempt to escape it, and through it all- her undying love for her parents. I kept asking myself, how can she remember such detail? I also thought her ability to bounce from a heart wrenching memory to a lovingly unique one was incredible.
I finished the book, recommended it to my sister, and what do you know!!!??? It’s been transcribed into a movie! Yes! I cancelled cable a month ago so haven’t seen previews for anything. This is definitely marked on my calendar now- August 17, 2017. Mark Yours too!
As I finished this story, I was inspired to begin embracing my past, or demons if you will, and the most important take away was this;
Whether we return to our roots on our own or God leads us to acknowledge them, there is power in the process.