Monday, April 2, 2012

C is for Cotton

The Quote of the Day that inspired my A to Z Challenge theme -

A Word for the Day that takes on many meanings.

Quote of the Day: A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator. John Steinbeck

Word of the Day: Cotton

The C from the Coco Moon Coffee Shop

noun: shrubby plant, the fibers in these plants used in making textiles, fabric
verb: to take a liking to, often used in the negative, The dog doesn't cotton to strangers.
to understand He'll soon cotton on (to what you mean).

Cotton rock is dolomite sediments, white and porous in appearance. It is also the name of the town in this novel. I like the sound of it, and it seems like an oxymoron. It looks soft and pliable, yet, it's solid and unbending. Some people are like that. This is a novel about the people who live in the town and along the White River. Bits and pieces of one life are picked up and moved along the river, sometimes swirling together. Other parts, like the rocks, never seem to budge. I felt like I was sitting on the porch with John, the writer, chatting with Anna, his student who is writing her life story, and watching the ever changing river flow. This story felt real, like I was reading about the intimate details of someone's family. Janet provides such lovely description of the place that I can see it as I read. I hear the voices of the characters, distinct in their journals and dialogue. I feel their pain and their search for wholeness in their lives.

For another great review of Cotton Rock go to The Texas Playwright Chick. She's the one who got me my copy!
Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt:  Do you like reading regional stories? What body of water speaks loudest to you? Right now, for me, it's the river, always there, but never the same.

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