"Settle For The Stars" - acrylic on cradled wood panel, 12 x 16 x .75. Ready to hang. Available August 11-12 at Fusion Gallery.
Wanting to be in the sky with the stars and the moon the clouds But for now, she will have to settle for the stars at her fingertips. - girlspring.com
The helmeted explorations continue. But today, let's reach for another star - a writer, editor, creator, imaginer and artist who just published a book which touches on the thing we often explore here - bold, brave, edge of the eyeballs living.
What if young you and your sister were abducted by a traveling preacher in the 1970's in the south? And what if that story had been festering within you for a lifetime, waiting to be told, covered in scars and shame and pain?
Settle for the Stars
Writer Avery Caswell (I have had the honor of working with Caswell on a number of projects in the past) gently "midwifed" the story of Earthell Latta and her sister, giving voice to things long unspoken, and providing a space to investigate, process and heal the trauma of a lifetime of secrecy. Salvationisn't just a story to read, it's an example of using your talents as a creator to peel back the layers in a collaboration, allowing both storyteller and story writer to light the light shine in.
I am inspired by the open-hearted bravery of both Latta and Caswell in the telling, listening, writing and then sharing it all with the world. Whoa.
If you decide to give the book a go (you can pre-order now on Amazon), I'd love to hear how it impacts you. Wonder Mike says there will be treats involved. :)