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N. D. Hansen-Hill
I have a passion for writing...and painting. Iím always afraid, before I hit the keyboard or the canvas, that Iíll suddenly find I canít do it anymore.
Writing and painting are such gifts, you see. Not something you really possess, but something you need to work so hard at in order to take any ownership at all. The payback isnít monetary, either - whatís worth far more are those manuscript moments when you lose yourself in a scene, and become the cliff-climber, or the ghost-challenger. Writing like this can be exhausting, but afterwards, you feel dissociated, and need to re-orient yourself to real life. Itís great!
Painting is much the same, even though it terrifies me. Iím never comfortable being an "artist", because I never grew up with any passion for drawing or any talent, and every time I finish a painting Iím actually astounded that I did it! Itís similar to the feeling I get when I re-read one of my manuscripts, and come to a scene I like and think, "Did I write that?!". I only dimly recall writing it, you see...because in my mind, I was there!