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Writing/Revising progress: I apologize if this is less than upbeat compared to my previous updates. It is a gloomy, rainy day here in Michigan. I am revising a painful part in The Recollection of Trees right now, allowing the deep, raw sadness I feel from the loss of Robin Williams to flow into the story. I always felt a connection to the kindness and pain in his eyes. I loved his ability to do any accent, any gender or ethnicity, literally anyone. I loved his laugh.
When I was 18 in my first semester of college, a group of friends and I formed a "dead poets society" of our own. We met at midnight, inside a large storm water drain pipe that stayed dry because it wasn't connected to anything. We poured our hearts out to each other. We felt like we were the only ones, the outsiders. We always ended our clandestine meetings by reciting the "Captain, My Captain" part from the movie. Robin and the rest of the cast brought that beautiful script to life, inspiring a generation of outsiders like me, and let us know that we weren't the only ones. I have attempted to convey that same message in The Recollection of Trees.
I have to tell you a secret. Almost every author dreams of their book being so well received that it ends up being adapted into a movie or a play, and I am no exception to that. In my fantasy scenarios of that happening, Robin always played the grandfather, Paw-Paw.
This is what I've been saying on social media: "There aren't enough candles to replace the light of @robinwilliams #Nanunanu #DeadPoetsSociety #BellyLaughsInHeaven" and "He made us all want to be poets"
But the best three words were tweeted last night from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (The Oscars):"Genie, You're Free."