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“In the year leading up to the publication of my debut novel, Everything Here Is Beautiful, I decided to create an archive of ‘beautiful, wondrous, and amazing things,’ posting one item a day on my Facebook page for 365 consecutive days. These included everything from photos of caves, street art, and beautiful pies, to a picture book my five-year-old adored, fascinating facts about mantis shrimp, writing advice from George Saunders, a windsock puppet I saw on the side of the road, an acoustic guitar rendition of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ a four-minute video of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft burning into Saturn. Whether an image, a piece of writing, a song, or a video, what mattered was that it moved me in some way. Doing anything every single day for a year changes you, I think. Seeking out ‘beautiful things’ became a habit, and I looked forward to finding the next small gem to add to my collection. This kind of attentiveness has helped me as a writer: I’m reminded that the things that touch us can seep in through all our senses, from both high and low places. How lucky we are, to be able to weave these beauties of our wondrous world into the stories of our imaginations.”
—Mira T. Lee, author of Everything Here Is Beautiful (Pamela Dorman Books, 2018)