Can you feel it? In so many conversations lately, I discover others share my feeling of something impending. I sense society awaiting a shift, for better or worse, for our communities and leaders to light the way to a new era of understanding, sharing, and restoration, or for the sudden descent into the demise of civilization as we know it. Maybe a bit of both? As a reader and writer, I can appreciate the honesty of ambivalent conclusions.
I've recently finished the manuscript for my historical novel, The Candlelight Bridge, a tale of immigrants and their mixed-race children seeking home in a world that does not want them, of a young woman rescuing her family in a world ruled by the passions of men. I've begun seeking a home for it, and I've also begun writing the sequel. Parts of the story take place in China, where my travels took me for 24 days in April and May, immersing myself in history and culture, and learning Cantonese. It was my fourth time, but each visit offers new insights. More on that soon... Meanwhile, I'm still telling other stories too: writing essays and flash fiction, and performing true personal tales at live shows in Los Angeles.
Like many writers, I have favorite themes: home, belonging, and women finding their voice. These themes might seem timely during this era of environmental threat, fear of "the other," and the Me Too movement. But I'm no seer. I believe storytellers are weathervanes, revealing which way the wind blows. Here's hoping all of us—storytellers, readers, and listeners—find meaningful responses to the prevailing winds.
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