Inspiration . . .About to smile. I think he's thinking of his muse.
Look at that face. Even with stubble, he's amazing.
Stay away from the chocolate cake, love. It isn't worth it.
I try to explain to him why chocolate cake is always worth it, but Mr. Craig is unmoved. Write your blog instead, he says. He also has little patience with procrastination. Revisions? Yes. Do them. There's a lovely girl.
Really, his praise is even better than chocolate.
I just finished reading a book I read over and over in my teenage years. The mystery/gothic romance was written by the late Victoria Holt, a.k.a Eleanor Hibbert. She wrote from the sixties through the late eighties, and her work would be unfashionable in the literary world of today. However, I still like her books. To me, they are the hard bound equivalent of comfort food. Like warm homemade chocolate chip cookies and cold milk in print. As I read them, I remember what it was like as a freshman at Lincoln High School to go to the library and hone in on the H section. My father had recently passed away and my mother needed to work. As a result, I spent hours alone in a big, empty house, afraid of every creaking board or random noise, and I felt I had found a kindred spirit in this author at a time when I needed friends.
In my adulthood, I've found other comforting books, not because they offer messages of comfort per se, but because I like the way I feel when I read them. I turn to these books again and again. For instance, Good Grief by Lolly Winston, The Harry Potter set, Sophie Kinsella's Shopoholic series and any of her other books, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and anything Jane Austen. If I'm really in need of a quick comfort fix, I'm never disappointed by Longfellow's poetry. This is a diverse list, I know, but I love them all. (Plus, they have no calories!)
What is on your list of comfort books?