Life is a journey over which one learns and grows and, hopefully, follows his or her dreams. For as long as I can remember, I’ve written short stories and poetry. And, over the course of my journey, I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful poems, short stories and books that have deeply inspired me and continue to do so.  Some of those I’ll share with you here.

Some people say the theory that one must be a genius or have some special talents to be a successful author was dismissed long ago. Who knows what our gifts are until we test them? Perhaps that which is commonly seen as genius is largely intensity of feeling, emotion, thought and activity. In other words, an understanding of these things, a good vocabulary to inspire imagery in a reader and a lot of hard work is ultimately what allows us to reach our literary goals. This is the path I’ve chosen – one that excites me much as a bear belly-deep in a stream of sockeye salmon. Or, is it the path that’s chosen me…

​Here’s to good reading and good writing!

When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.

Shelley ann vrgleski