Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert
Ooh, can you feel that one?
Am I the only one afflicted by this or does it happen to you too?
Do you ever get an electric shock from words?
Does your skin ever tingle when you find just the right combination of letters and spaces that speaks directly to somewhere deep in your body?
Do you ever feel like your heart or your soul or your toes or your neck actually understand what the writer said before your brain does?
Do your eyes sparkle or tear up when they read something that touches you exactly where you are in the moment?
Have you ever read something three times and felt nothing only to find on the fourth visit it grabs you by the heart and won’t let go?
Does your throat read words more intensely and reactively than your brain?
Do you gulp words down in bites far too big to chew because you cannot get them in quickly enough?
Do you delight in finding kindred spirits on the page or screen?
Are words as necessary to you as your breath?
…or is it just me?