October 23, 2008

The Author Within

I'm writing a best-seller. Until now, I've kept it a closely guarded secret and those that know me will now be scratching their heads and wondering if I've taken that final leap into insanity. There's no doubt that my life is already filled with uncontrolled levels of complexity. The fact is I've been writing this book off and on for 6 years, trying to fulfill a dream I've had since childhood. Without giving away too much of the premise, it's a fictional love story about two people who meet through the infatuation a mutual friend has for one of them. And of course jewelry plays a huge role in how all of the characters connect. Here's the thing. Writers block is not my issue. Procrastination is not my excuse - this time. It's not really a lack of time or any of the common excuses one gives for not completing a project. It's my unnatural obsession with making sure the locations, the scents, the surroundings I write about are factual. I've been drawing on so many resources: the Internet, encyclopedias, conversations with residents of Chicago, IL (where the story takes place). I'm hopelessly lost in the research! The latest fixation I've called upon to expand my knowledge of jewelry and gemstone lore is the book Jewels, A Secret History by Victoria Finlay. Ginormous mistake!

I've been fascinated by the rich, impassioned stories Ms. Finlay tells about those "sparkly trinkets" we ogle in Tiffany's or drool over on the glossy pages of Vogue. From Cleopatra's Emerald mines to the fact that Peridot sometimes falls from the sky, this book is filled with alluring legends and written in a manner that makes historical facts captivate, not bore. In my humble opinion, this book should be in the library of every aspiring and established jewelry designer. It will allow you to be able to speak about your craft from a totally different and rather glamorous perspective. It will complete you. Fashion history buffs will absolutely love it too. And for me, perhaps it will someday help to make my best-seller a fact-based reality - if I can ever get my head out of it....

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