Welcome to The Blogging A-Z Challenge April 2012! Some of the most popular posts here at The Shellshank Redemption are the Motivational Mondays. So, after consulting the tortoises, we decided to make April our Motivational Month! Please join us for this (almost!) daily dose of alphabetical inspiration. We hope you enjoy it!
* ZEST. GUSTO. HOW RARELY ONE HEARS THESE WORDS USED. HOW RARELY DO WE SEE PEOPLE LIVING, OR FOR THAT MATTER, CREATING, BY THEM. YET IF I WERE ASKED TO NAME THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS IN A WRITER'S MAKE-UP, THE THINGS THAT SHAPE HIS MATERIAL AND RUSH HIM ALONG THE ROAD HE WANTS TO GO, I WOULD ONLY WARN HIM TO LOOK TO HIS ZEST, SEE TO HIS GUSTO. (RAY BRADBURY) *
If you looked up the words “zest” or “gusto” in the dictionary . . . you would not see my picture. I am quiet and tend to hover on the edges, in the background. I am more likely to be part of the team than to be its leader. And yet…
My verve, my oomph, my zest is there - it’s just on the inside. It emerges in these blog posts and in my stories and novels. I am not quick with the witty comeback or the snappy retort but oh! my characters are. If you ask me about a book I read, my eyes will light up. I can talk about writing and imagination and creativity the way people talk about their children - with love and awe and gratitude.
On this last post for The Blogging A-Z Challenge April 2012, I give you these wonderful words by Ray Bradbury and I wish you zest and gusto in all your future endeavors.