Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ever wonder if you are leading or following? As much as I want to take up my machete and hack a path through a jungle of overgrowth, I have to wonder if some trailblazer got there before me and I’m merely retracing an old route. Emerson speaks of risk and originality; I worry I’m a retread.
A banal example: My husband and I have ripped out the carpet in our entire house, replaced by gorgeous (and expensive!) wood floors. My husband is skeptical of this move, not just because of the expense. He likes the feel of carpet under his feet, even if those feet leave trails on carpet that appear only weeks after the new stuff is installed. I hate that about carpet, along with the general difficulty of keeping carpet clean. How do you keep little critters out of the pile? Is it even possible?
The house looks gorgeous, like something out of an interior design magazine. But it looked pretty before, too. Now, think. You ever watch those house renovation or house hunter shows on TV? Note how the house built in 1930 is fully carpeted, but the sales person gleefully lifts the carpet from a tack strip and says to the potential buyer, “It’s got wood floors! Aren’t you lucky?”
An entire population took the wood ‘trail’ in 1930. Millions decided to tread the all-carpet path in 1960. Here in 2015, wood rules. And don’t get me started on tile, granite and/or Caesar stone for kitchen counters.
As much as I want to be a trailblazer as writer, spouse, friend, gardener, golfer and interior designer, I have a sneaking feeling that I’m the follower...not the leader Emerson had in mind.
All that being said, not many writers have set a double murder mystery in Petersburg, Alaska. I hope. Take a look at my last novel, LIE CATCHERS:
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