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Writer Ferrets

June 13, 2010

I like ferrets.

Alas, I own/have read only one book from Richard Bach’s series “The Ferret Chronicles” (he also wrote “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”). However, “Writer Ferrets: Chasing the Muse” would probably be my favourite anyway.

It’s exactly what it sounds like: the life, trials, and successes of two writer ferrets. And it’s awesome. There is such a sense of kinship here, the sense that Bach is saying, “Look, I get it. This is what writing life is like. This, kiddies, is what you’re going to experience if you want to follow this path.” And since it’s such an optimistic little tale, you can take a great deal of courage and hope from it. The ferrets help, too.

Throughout, Bach suggests that not only are writers “people who write.” they’re “people who must write.” It’s a reminder that some of us have people in our heads whom we’ve never met, visions of places we’ve never seen, and memories of things that never happened. Oh, and we’re not crazy. At the end of the day, all that really matters is this compulsion to write these things down, to free them from our brains. Money is nice. Fame is nice. But if a magical psychic genie appeared and told you that you would never, ever be published, no matter what, would you still write?

-Arvik

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