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Notebook and Pen

Eileen Telford


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I was born to be a writer.

The real world of my past and present cannot compete with the excitement and intrigue of my Story World. My true friends live in the world of Story. I visit with them daily – and at night in my dreams – and I write about them.

Whether each day revolves around mayhem or the mundane, I escape to my secret Story World as a refuge from troubles and the trite – and the interesting details to my Stories.

In Lewis Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland, Alice told the Mad Hatter: “You’re entirely bonkers. But shall I tell you a secret? All the best people usually are.”

Cervantes wrote of the gentleman-gone-mad who became Don Quixote and it was he who dared to dream the Impossible Dream.

Socrates spoke of the “noble effect of heaven-sent madness” (from Plato’s Phaedrus) – The third type of possession and madness is possession by the Muses. The Muses are the storytellers. We authors listen to their stories and write them in our own words.

I like to think of myself as one of Alice’s friends – and a friend of Socrates and Don Quixote. I find it a wonderful compliment when someone tells me I’ve gone mad or insane. It reaffirms the truth that I am a writer.

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“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”

― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

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