These are the Callanish Standing Stones. Fascinating, aren't they? What were they for, do you think?
Dan's job here is done. He's stirred up our imaginations by showing us mysteries from the past. Off you go, Mr. Craig! Have fun at Castlebay on Barra. (Remember to wear your scarf and coat.) What kind of story would you set on the beautiful island of Lewis and Harris? If you could take your pad of paper or your laptop anywhere in the world to write, where would you go?
In School of Rock, Jack Black plays Dewey Finn. Dewey loves one thing and one thing only. Rock. He's not a musical genius, though he plays guitar well enough, and yet, he has passion. He wants to form a band and realize his vision. Sometimes, I feel like Dewey. I have the passion to write, but often lack the skill to transfer that dream to paper. I've come close. There are rare, fleeting moments when I get it right and my character says the perfect thing or I think up an unexpected sub-plot. While I'm not to words what Rembrandt was to painting, I've created a little piece of art in that minor accomplishment.
I think those brief, brilliant glimpses of being better than we are keep us coming back day after day. Do you feel the same, readers?
It might seem odd, but I actually enjoy being Dewey Finn. I really do.
And for those about to write. . . I salute you.