Dear Friend of Alice,
It’s the week of blast off, uh oh, YAY! why am I so tired? is this what we were supposed to be doing?
It’s the time of year when I find it hard to find my center (or my glasses and car keys). I’m falling into the frenetic rush that I swear, every year, I will serenely side-step. (Ho ho ho to that).
At the same time, I am moved by the stories: Baby Jesus in the hay with the animals, the lights of Hanukah and the Solstice. And I love the angels that fling themselves into the seasonal stories, the music, the top of the Christmas tree. Also, like everyone else with a heart and a brain, I am devastated by the violence that surrounds us all. The season of light dimmed by the fires of war, killing, and climate chaos.
But the season of light also brings waves of gratitude to fill me and take me for a joy-filled ride. A big gratitude this year is the ongoing presence of Alice Ott, fictional though she may seem.
If I could write a gratitude song for Alice, it would be an opera or oratorio. Instead, I’m doing a little humming, a hum or two or three for the people who have inspired and nurtured this fictional being. Alice Ott gives me so much more than she demands, and I mean this even though I’m mid-way through the third Alice Ott mystery, and often wish that Alice could just show up and write her own story at night while I sleep.
The indomidable Frances Crowe and Ann Wilson, major prototypes for Alice Ott, have done a stupendous job of infusing Alice with their high spirits, formidable truth-speaking, integrity, and outside-the-box wildness. Alice keeps me company, prods me into action, but also reminds me that although the spirit is indeed willing, the flesh is weak (as in mortal). Take it easy, Alice whispers in my ear when I need to slow down.
So, here’s a hum of gratitude for you, all of who have done your part to keep Alice Ott alive and well. If you need a gift or want to escape into a good book, please support your local writers, indie publishers and indie bookstores; and, in case you didn’t know this already, any words of praise for Alice Ott are the best gift you could give this struggling writer. Go to the page “What Readers Are Saying” and add your voice.
P.S.: Alice Ott reminds you to please help us stop the behemoth gas pipeline from happening here in Western Massachusetts.