A little library, growing larger every year,
is an honourable part of a man’s history.
It is a man’s duty to have books.
A library is not a luxury,
but one of the necessaries of life.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Editing is one of my superpowers. It’s not as flashy as scaling skyscrapers or similar, but it does come in handy.
I was hooked early on by a passage in Reunion about looking at a photograph of two nineteenth-century ancestors; that passage almost could have been pulled out of my own head. I think about things like this. Do you?
You can use your epic start-up story to make employees feel like they are part of something amazing, and, of course, to draw in customers. To show them what is special about your company. To make yourself stand out from the competition.
When my space and work is well-organized, so too is my head.
Have you dreamed about recording a parent’s story? Or about writing your family’s history, and the path it took over the decades—now, while your grandparents can still tell you what they know? How about documenting the history of a company you built up from nothing, or recording the life of a long-beloved family home? This is where a personal historian comes in.
I could read about writing, sometimes instead of sitting down and actually writing, until the cows come home. (“What cows?” asked my then-four-year-old with a puzzled look, once, when I used that expression.)
Darien Gee is a Big Island writing dynamo, and acquaintance, whose new novel Friendship Bread (Ballantine Books/Random House) comes out April 5, 2011.
If you’re not in the freelance writing business, you might not know how much it’s changed. But oh, how it has changed.