So I've talked about how I first got it into my head that I could or should try a writer. But now I'll switch to a different question posed by the Spark Blogfest:
Is there a book or author that changed your world view?
Little known fact - the film The Shawshank Redemption was based on a novella in the Stephen King book, DIFFERENT SEASONS called "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption." (Like how I used three different styles in that last sentence? Me too.)
If you haven't read it, I recommend it, and then go ahead and buy the film as well because you'll want to watch it as soon as you've read the last page.
I don't want to give anything away, in case you haven't read it or seen it, but suffice it to say, it caused me to look at the criminal justice system in an entirely different way. There are guilty men at Shawshank Prison and there are innocent men at Shawshank--but none of that is as important as the fact that there are men in Shawshank Prison, and they all deserve as much dignity as they can be afforded under those circumstances.
(PS - Do you know what signing up for three blogfests, all with overlapping dates, gets you? A boatload of posts in one week, which is truly unfortunate, since (a) I haven't had much of a chance to explore other blogs this week and (b) will be somewhat MIA next week. But never fear! I will catch up as soon as I'm able. Thanks to all the new followers, I'm super stoked to go check out your blogs as well.)