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Michael P. Staples There are times while writing when I feel as if I am hearing music -- the kind of music that captures your soul, and brings you to your knees in tears of emotion. There are times when I feet precisely this, while writing, and later often wonder who wrote those passages -- that it could not have been me... that I couldn't have written that. These are times when writing is like playing music, where the ebb and flow of what happens on paper is magic... and I wonder how anything could possibly compare.
Michael P. Staples I'm not working on anything. Completing this book took a total of some nine years of obsessive soul-searching, getting up in the middle of the night to get something down on paper that popped up in a dream, and being able to think about very little else. It's funny that the book turned out to be so short after all that. But at the moment, I need a break.
Michael P. Staples The literature of Zen is stuffed with stories about how enlightenment comes. With Zen, there is nothing you can do to "cause" enlightenment, you can only try to arrange your environment to that which might be conducive... then wait. You don't know what will be the catalyst that will trigger awakening. It could be as simple as hearing a spoon fall on the floor. This is a long-winded way of trying to explain how the idea came to me. It was the book "Wild" that served as my trigger, for some reason. I'm not sure why. My book isn't about backpacking. But something reached up and grabbed me. I dropped the book I had been working on for 3 years, called my editor and told her I was starting over. The "idea" took another six years to get down on paper.

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