Once again, here’s the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop. For week 42, the writing prompt is:
A Person Who Inspires Me
This topic would’ve been simpler when I was young and more easily inspired, rather than old and cynical. Thinking back, though, it’s easy enough to remember some of my idols.
Thanks to my parents, I always knew that my grey matter was my ticket out of the sometimes dodgy neighborhoods we lived. Who better for such a kid to admire than the greatest brain of the twentieth century?
I discovered Heinlein’s YA science fiction by second or third grade, and guess what? I now write science fiction (and romance). Podkayne of Mars (shown at left) was a favorite. When I reread it recently, the first half is still wonderful . . . until Heinlein’s outdated social attitudes spoil things.
I was into music long before I ever dreamed of being a writer. Although my first discovery in the world of serious music was Beethoven (wow, he had Flemish ancestors just like me!), I soon feel under the spell of the twentieth century’s most popular composer. Sergei’s still my favorite.
I started playing the oboe in high school. Mr Still was the principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the most admired oboist of his day. Before going to an oboe lesson, I would listen to the CSO’s recording of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, which opens with his unmatched performance of the oboe solo.
Years later, I was privileged to take a master class (i.e., a lesson with an audience) with Mr Still when he came to Victoria. I was so intimidated at first that I froze and couldn’t play. Oh, the humiliation!
What about you?
Who has inspired you? Be sure to check out the other writers taking part in this blog hop.