Once upon a time…
Isn’t that how all the great ones start?
Stories of love and loss and characters we grow to love. Stories that stretch our imaginations far beyond the world we know.
Other stories start closer to an author’s heart, a life-changing event that drives even the most scriptophobic among us to push past their fears.
Me? Well, since you asked.
I’m only a writer out of necessity. I started writing to you each month because I want you, dear reader, to connect with the stories within. It’s important to me. I didn’t go to journalism school, I don’t have a degree in English. I make spelling and grammatical errors, and I miss things a trained editor would not.
But, I’m not really here to make sure that Mr. Baker put a comma where he should have. I’m here to collect stories. I collect them with the intent of sharing them with as many people as I can.
This month is about writing and storytelling.
I asked our writers to talk about what and why they write. I also invited local published authors to submit a bit about themselves and an excerpt from their books.
Included in this issue, you will find four local author spotlights along with our regular columnists. I will let you discover their unique personalities on your own.
Jaci Crace-Murray is back this month after earning her doctorate in Applied Linguistics. Congratulations Jaci! Cara Walsh Dorman challenges us to think carefully about the differences between musical perfection and musical mastery.
Frank Baker announces the grand opening of “Baker University” as well as reminding us that sometimes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. He also leaves us with something to think about when he takes us on a little journey back in time.
HistoricLee takes us for a cruise on a riverboat, Emma Haddix gets us dirty, Elizabeth Pearch reminds us of some good things not to do on a hike. Nancy Clark introduces us to some beautiful artwork at the Chugiak-Eagle River Library. Donn Liston teaches us “how to right good” and reminds us of the ongoing commitment of marriage.
I hope you enjoy this month’s issue of the ECHO as much as we enjoy putting it together for you. As always, your feedback is welcome and appreciated.