On Higher Ground is featured in this week's blog at Writing Life. http://www.maryannebenedetto.blogspot.com/ The book blog is hosted by Mary Anne Benedetto, an author and certified lifewriting instructor. She is the author of Eyelash, 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing: Build a Priceless Legacy One Story at a Time!, Never Say Perfect and From Italy with Love & Limoncello, Write Your Pet's Life Story in 7 Easy Steps!
I just finished reviewing yet another novel where the heroine was a best-selling author. Yes, I realize that authors think we have the best job in the world, and we want people to envy us, but the role of being a writer is being used in novels to the point of being a cliché. And then we complain about all the one-star wanna-be writers that are publishing on Amazon--people who are trying to become the same kind of person we admire.
Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, gave a very moving speech to congress about the lack of skilled tradesmen. You can hear the speech here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC0JPs-rcF0 He says that there aren't enough welders to hire. I know that our school district always has a posting looking for a welding instructor in our local high schools. If there aren't any teachers today, there won't be any welders in the future.
Perhaps, we as authors should support our country by writing about skilled tradesmen in our books. I've known several sheet metal workers, ditch diggers and electricians. They were all nice, loving people with good values, a good head on their shoulders, and compassion for their fellow man. Perhaps all our heroes really need to be successful is a loving heart, a good home, and a willingness to work hard. Perhaps if we admire the strengths that make someone truly successful, and pay less attention to fame and fortune, we can encourage more people to become the same way.