Does that sound profound, or what?
I've always loved dealing with words of the written variety. At spoken words, I'm not too great. This has been increasingly true over the past few years as my voice has deteriorated from a chronic cough and other things we won't go into now...
The love of words is something writers like to play around with. In this case, it's a game called tag. You might think playing tag a bit juvenile for a guy less than ten months away from 84. If I'm gonna be involved in all this bloggishness, though, I suppose I'd better play along.
My colleague Ann Parker provided the adjacent pile of letters and tagged me with this setup:
List at least five things you do to support and spread a love of the written word, and tag five people. (If you list something that touches youngsters, you get a bonus letter!)
So here goes:
1. I write mysteries that I hope will encourage people to spend some time with a book and be entertained.
2. At book signings, when someone stops by with a little Janie or Johnny who enjoys books, I encourage them to keep reading and follow their dreams if they aspire to be writers.
3. I support libraries and booksellers whenever I get the opportunity and take part in as many book fairs and festivals as I can.
4. I've done radio and TV interviews discussing the merits of reading and writing.
5. I appear at book clubs whenever possible and try to spread the gospel that reading is fun and fashionable.
Okay, Ann, I did it. And I earned one extra letter. I think I'll take a Q. It seems to be a rather lonely letter and, like me, doesn't get much respect. I also have to tag five other people. Let's see...
L. Diane Wolfe
And if you really love words, check out those in an excerpt from The Marathon Murders.