A BEAUTIFUL POST by M. Molly Backes in response to a mother asking for advice to her daughter saying she wants to be a writer. Backes begins: “First of all, let her be bored. Let her have long afternoons with absolutely nothing to do…Let her be lonely. Let her believe that no one in the world truly understands her…” Read the rest. Really. Even if you don’t have kids or any you could influence in this way, at least I’m sure many of you will recognize your own growing up here and realize you had all it took to become the writer you are (or could still be).