(Updated August 7th, 2012.)
When revered author Ray Bradbury died in June at the age of ninety-two, multitudes of writers and readers paid tribute to his genius and influence on them. Getting approval from Bradbury to adapt one of his short stories inspired Brad Schreiber. Steve Hauk explained how having seen Bradbury and Hedy Lamarr headed in opposite directions on a department store escalator helps him imagine stories. Loren Rhoads remembered a piece of simple advice he gave her at a book signing.
When suggesting this week’s blog topic, Jacquelyn Mitchard wrote that Bradbury had been one of her most important mentors. But who mentored Ray Bradbury? He wrote, “I spent three days a week for ten years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves—you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of ten years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories.
Recently, we asked Red Roomers to blog about a mentor who changed their lives. A couple of posts stood out:
- Writer, instructor and script consultant Christina Hamlett gives a detailed, loving portrait with lots practical advice she learned from her own script editor in "Sylvia's Typewriter."
- Sande Boritz Berger shares a beautiful appreciation of a classic university literature professor, tough, brilliant, and essential. Read "Days of Bloom."
They'll receive copies of Suzy Nelson’s Before the Last Bell Rings , in which a crime of passion leaves a high school teacher in a terrible dilemma.
Read all the mentor blog entries here. I hope you'll comment on your favorites and let the bloggers know what you think about the mentors they chose to write about. All past Red Room blog challenge topics are here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room