Lily Iona MacKenzie's Blog for Writers & Readers

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The Ripening
The Ripening:
A Canadian Girl Grows Up

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" Tillie’s grit and ability to face life’s challenges are inspiring, the seeds for later discovering her artist self. Tillie takes readers on a wild ride. Join her if you dare! "

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Curva Peligrosa
Curva Peligrosa

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FLING!
Fling!

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"Fling! is both hilarious and touching. Every page is a surprise, and the characters! I especially loved Bubbles, one of the most endearing mothers in recent fiction. A scintillating read."

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Freefall
Freefall :
A Divine Comedy

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" These fascinating characters will fill your imagination, defying expectations about aging, art, and what truly matters in life. "

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All This
All This

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" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

" Indicative of the title, the poems in All This range from the conventional lyric/narrative that captures an intense moment of emotion, an epiphany glimpsed briefly out of the corner of the eye, to the more experimental. "

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No More Kings
No More Kings

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" A wildly inventive, consistently engaging, and amusing comic novel, but under its bright exterior lurk darker undertones and truths.... "

Each finely crafted poem in this powerful collection comes alive on the page while she traces the days’ journeys with a painter’s eye, a musician’s ear, and the deft pen of a poet.

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Writing’s Magic

The word magic gets thrown around loosely and can have many different meanings, depending on the context. For a child, the world must seem forever magical as s/he explores and constantly makes new discoveries. Even for adults who have retained their childlike enthusiasm for life this state still exists. Seeing sunrises or sunsets that astound viewers with color variations is just one example, but so, too, is the miracle of tiny, dried-out seeds eventually producing plants that can nourish us. Those who have done a little gardening know how magical this process can be.

But even as I describe a few ways in which magic makes its appearance on a daily basis, I’m doing something quite extraordinary. Through arranging letters on the page, I create words that then call up associations and images in a reader’s mind. Everyone has seen a sunrise or sunset and has visual memories of them. Yet not only do I make such things appear for readers, but I also can weave these words together in a way that they make a statement. They make sense! And it isn’t just writers who have this special power. We all do.

There is a difference, though, between words that make statements, that relay information, and those that conjure up other worlds. Again, one needn’t be a writer to do this. The oral tradition has a very long history, and storytellers/bards had an important role in entertaining and instructing their listeners. While many singer-artists still carry on this tradition, it’s also broadened to include those of us who, metaphorically but some actually, take pen in hand and write a wide variety of poems and stories.

Writing, then, in itself is magical. It opens us to possibilities we may never have considered if someone hadn’t taken the risk and dipped into his/her memory bank, unleashing settings, situations, and characters, both familiar and unfamiliar, depending on how much the person’s imagination was activated. I’ll never write another sentence without being aware that these letters I’m plunking onto the computer screen are amazing in their power to tantalize, a great response to those who may think what we’re doing as writers is not magical. It’s true that anyone can write sentences. But not everyone can create new worlds!

 

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  1. Yes, it’s good to sit back once in a while and marvel at the magic in the universe. The plant seeds are a good example, and I often marvel at how two seeds that look identical can develop into such different plants.

    The thought that I haven’t found a solid answer to but which still overawes me is thinking about how many photons are flying through the air in front of my eyes every moment of the day. Enough to paint my visual view of the world in immense detail – and some of which have traveled across the universe from distant stars to hit my retina. That thought still boggles me …

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