Spring is definitely here!   Apologies to all those of you who were following our blog and must have felt positively abandoned over  the last two months. Things at Flying Corgi have been busy: Charlotte Rolfe is at work on another pair of Back-to-Back Books, and Leslie Koreski and I are developing her Audrey’s Garden, which will be our next publication. In addition, we are looking at illustrators for the Russell’s Muscles series.

In addition, though, we have all been leading lives crowded with activity and there are real stories to tell. Over the past few months, my father has been working on a memoir of his life. His is a life that has been and continues, in his eighty-seventh year, to be well and fully lived. His story spans the Great Depression, a World War and several smaller conflicts, television, space travel, and the information age. His book promises to be a fountain of laughter and wisdom, and it also promises to tell an important story about Americans born in the early part of the 20th century who had such vital roles in the formation of the country we know today. It’s a story that will be lost if we don’t go out and seek out these people and find out what they have to tell us.

Each of us has a story to tell, too. We think we lead ordinary lives, and yet our experiences and decisions set the tone and pace for everything that follows us. Our Flying Corgi authors tell stories about children and young adults and the issues that inform their growth and development, about adults and their relationships with each other and with children, and about the things that all these people share. Whether the stories are fictional or true, they help to tell us who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re bound.

I found that I lost two months of blogging in the press of everyday life, but time flies, and I don’t intend to let that happen again. Inspired by Charlotte Rolfe, Leslie Koreski, my father, and other wonderful writers, I’ve learned the importance of telling the stories of the ordinary and extraordinary things that make up our lives. I hope you’ll be inspired too: write down your days, your thoughts, your experiences. Tempus fugit! Tell your story!