10354168_10205306260881314_6780762922599599298_nBy Donna Griffin

Becoming “an author” is simply the coolest thing I’ve done in my writing career.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve proud of the articles and columns I’ve penned over my 16-plus year career as a reporter/editor and the digital blogs and Facebook posts. But they are all ephemeral – good and satisfying – but only while they lasted; then it’s on to the next story.

But my first children’s picture book, “The Twelve Days of Christmas in Indiana,” will stick around – I have it on good authority. I talked to a young reader, Noah, who brought his copy to the New Palestine McDonald’s recently for me to sign. He liked that the main character had the same name and in reading the book, he became a part of the story.

That’s the beauty of books – the connection.

To the words.

On the page.

The printed word is a dinosaur on it’s way to a slow disintegrating end.

So they say.

E-books, apps, social media will get you more readers and make everyone a potential author.

But it’s not the same. Technology gets in the way of the reader-author connection.

Turning a page is personal.

Ask any 6 month old or 60 year old.

You have power in reading the written word on the printed page – when you will read it, and how much you will read it. It builds character, understanding and concentration.

Read a book and block out the world around you.

Connect your thoughts and imagination to another.

Beats TBT, 140 characters and texts any day.

True readers know the difference.

They touch books with an unconscious reverence, and look at you with a unique mix of wonder, awe and curiosity when they find out “you wrote this book”.

It’s pretty heady stuff; almost as extraordinary as cuddling in a rocking chair with a toddler nested close to your heart repeating the same “One fish, two fish,” “Good Night, Moon,” or “I’m looking for my missing piece.”

It’s all in the connection.

To the people.

In our lives.

Turning the page is personal.



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