where the writers are
Of Cylinders and Axes
bibliomaniac
Action, adventure and magic combine in this compelling quest fantasy set in India. "Everything the perfect tale should be.” Dallas Morning News
$6.99
Paperback

The other day I was flying back from Ithaca. The weather had been bad; for a while I didn't know if the plane would take off. When it finally did, I gave a sigh of relief, opened my book (like most people, I carry one when traveling) and started to read. About half an hour later, the sun was in my eyes, bothering me. I was about to pull down the window covering when I happened to look out.
The scene was literally breathtaking. I was eye-level with a sun that was setting blood-orange over a bank of pristine white cotton-wool balls that stretched unbroken beneath us. It struck me that I was hurtling through the air in a metal cylinder that weighed over 300,000 pounds. If someone had told this to our ancestors two hundred years ago, would they have even believed it possible? And yet when I looked around me, every passenger was oblivious of the amazing situation we were in --just as I myself had been a few minutes ago. How quickly we get used to things. How quickly we take them for granted.
I gazed for a while, then turned back to my book. Here was another wonder--black squiggles on a page that could make pictures blossom inside our head, that could make us laugh or weep--or inspire us to transform our lives. I thought of my favorite book-related quotation (anyone recognize the author?):

"A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us."
I hope my books--at least one of them--can do that--for at least one reader.