Let’s Talk with Debra H Goldstein

Beginnings and Relics
by Debra H. Goldstein

Let’s talk about new beginnings and aged relics – lately, I’ve had an opportunity to see both up close. March heralds not only the first day of Spring, but it also marks the month during which I appeared on this planet. Consequently, I always anticipate both with an eagerness as to what will unfold in the future. The same thing is true when I start writing a short story or put the first words on paper for a new novel. There is an excitement I experience that can’t be measured.

For me, a birthday also is a time of reflection. I look back at the past and realize the remaining future is more limited than I would like. But I can’t dwell on that anymore than I can waste time thinking about the stories or books already published, but no longer in circulation. The important thing about these aged relics, including me, is that I had an opportunity to create them and to do the best I could at that moment in time.

That’s the beauty of the written word for all authors. We constantly produce something new, but we can look back at the aged relics with satisfaction. Some will be lucky. Their works will become classics. Even if such success doesn’t happen, if we wrote something that brought joy, comfort, mental challenges, or frustration to a reader, in my mind, we can’t beat that.

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