A Special Tribute To Toni Morrison

So last week Literary Phenom, Nobel Prize Winner, and Black Excellence Personified Toni Morrison celebrated her 85th birthday.

This woman has been a guiding light for me both as a speculative fiction author and as a human being.

Morrison is one of the catalysts in both Hollowstone and West of Sunset becoming a reality.

Case in point:

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Make Up A Story…

“Make up a story. Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created. We will not blame you if your reach exceeds your grasp; if love so ignites your words they go down in flames and nothing is left but their scald. Or if, with the reticence of a surgeon’s hands, your words suture only the places where blood might flow. We know you can never do it properly—once and for all. Passion is never enough; neither is skill. But try. For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. … Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names.”

– Toni Morrison, from the 1993 Nobel Prize lecture