Scene: Independent bookstore in old craftsman-style house—old craftsman on a bluff, bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean—perfect browsing from room to room.
I pick up a picture book.
Subject: A family of small rodents care for an orphaned kitten. The story exemplified love for an “other.” Beautiful illustrations.
I remove wallet from purse.
Problem: How will the mice care for the kitten when he grows up?
I race to the end of the story certain this is a book to reread and share with other people, small and large.
Resolution: The people in the house adopt the cat who will purge (the book didn’t use that word) all the small rodents, except his adoptive family, from the house.
I return wallet to purse and book to its stack.
Issue: I can’t buy the theme.
Sometimes if you want something done your way, you just have to do it yourself. So I set out to write the story I wanted to hear. It took a loooong time and I learned something valuable:
Tell the story you think you want to hear to find out where it takes you.
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