I really appreciate a good interview--reading one, or being asked to participate in one. Talking Writing is a new magazine about, well, just that. And I had a good time talking writing with writer Judith Ross, who asked provocative questions, and let me run on. So there I am, in bold type, saying how glad I am to skip the editors and write whatever I want....Well, I often miss the editors (when I go back and reread some of my posts and think, whoa, how did I let that get by? or even better, when readers do....) Still, there's something to be said for writing and publishing whatever you want, especially at 2 in the morning when you're all hopped up after seeing Wagner's Die Walkure. What a fabulous opera. That third act, it always gets to me, I'm sobbing into my sleeve as Wotan, the Father God, banishes his dearest child....There he is, reduced to being a petty tyrant, one-eyed, his heart cracking open because he will never again gaze into his daughter's eyes...and she, freaking out that she may have to become wife/slave to a mere mortal...a fate worse than death...begs to be surrounded with an impregnable ring of fire. This is what the world seems like to me all the time. Fairy tales. Myths. Grand, disastrous passion and drama played out all around us. Every. Single. Day. So you can see why I get a thrill defying the Gatekeepers...And to all, a Good night!