Last week I wrote ‘Inspirational Thoughts’. This week I thought I would carry on the theme with a quotation. I am not sure whether this inspired me or goaded me to strive throughout life.
‘Be good sweet maid, and let who will be clever,
Do noble things, not dream them all day long.’
These words are the first two lines of the second verse in a poem ‘A Farewell,’ written by Charles Kingsley, (1819 – 1875).
It was fashionable when I was a little girl to ask everyone to write in an autograph book.
A friend of my mother’s, a grey-haired lady, whiskery, lines from her mouth to her chin, making her look like a ventriloquist doll, wrote the lines in my book.
I was dismayed. How did she know I was a daydreamer, I had never met her before? Did she think I was lazy; had my mum said anything to her? Whatever the reason was, these lines stuck in my mind as the years went by.
She came to visit with my mum when I was in hospital in Macclesfield (Lancashire, in the north of England for my foreign friends) having my tonsils out. ‘I left my tonsils in Macclesfield’, does not have the same sentiment as ‘I left my heart in San Francisco’ somehow does it?
Anway, back to the quotation. I had always written short stories and poems when I was a child, but as I grew older and began to write seriously the quotation came to mind, particularly the words ‘not dream them all day long.’ I always dreamt of having my books published so I gave myself a mental kick up the butt and self-published. Hence the ‘Fallyn’ fantasy trilogy was born, (how about that for alliteration) followed by my crime book, ‘The Rode to Justice, (John Rode,1st grade detective, murder stories).
I may not have done many noble things throughout my life but I’m glad I am a daydreamer. Dreams nurture inspiration, which is a gift to any writer.