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4th of July is no Halloween but it's still one of my favorite holidays. I love my country and can't imagine wanting to live anywhere else (and I've tried.)
But I've never been a flash-bang firework kind of gal. I don't like poppers or noise makers because I know what they do to my pets (I can only imagine what animal shelters go through during July!) and while I love the gorgeous displays put on by the cities I've lived in, I grew up at Disney, so they weren't really something I associated with Independence Day.
For me, there's only one image that comes to mind when I think of 4th of July fireworks.
As a kid I was mesmerized. Okay, I still am. There's something magical about that pure, white spark, and the fact that you can hold it in your hand. Even before Harry Potter, it made me feel like a Wizard.
Writing is all about sparks. The spark of that new idea that gets the ball rolling on a new project. The sparks that fly when characters find attraction, or when they experience conflict. The spark of change in the way a reader thinks after experiencing your story. The spark of motivation for your characters and plot.
"Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark, that left unattended, may grow into an inferno that destroys Panem." ~
Those are the moments I love most as a writer. Not a full on explosion, just the promise of that first spark.
Happy Independence Day! Let Freedom Ring! (And spark!)