Today I listened to a talk by Minnesota's award-winning children's author Kate DiCamillo on Minnesota Public Radio (http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/23/midday2/). She answered the question "Why do you write?" The show came on when I was driving around doing pre-Christmas errands, but after I arrived home, I had one of those MPR "driveway moments": I didn't want to miss a moment of DiCamillo's talk, so I sat with the car running in the driveway. She tells an amazing story about herself at the beginning of the show, so even if you can't listen to the whole hour, catch the first 30 minutes. Make a cup of hot chocolate in the midst of the holidays and listen to the story of a best-selling author who wrote for 6 years and had 470 rejections before she got published. Her mantra? "Do your work, show up." She said she's afraid when she sits down to write, but she does it anyway. So do your work. Show up. And keep showing up. Your stories and poems and essays matter.