I discovered The Penny Poet of Portsmouth by Katherine Towler this morning on Twitter and I’m already deep into this world that I find inspiring and familiar. So far my favorite paragraph is this:

“As I grew older, it gradually dawned on me that not everyone led a double life. I didn’t want to have children. I wasn’t particularly interested in getting married, even. Mostly I was focused on protecting the secret life of the writing.

American culture does not encourage this sort of thing. We’re a society of extroverts and overachievers bowing to the gods of money and extreme measures of success. The slow growth of the writer, much of it occurring out of sight, in solitude, does not register. I had no guides for my secret life, no training. My parents and teachers did not tell me how to cultivate an ability to spend hours alone. I had to learn this on my own.”