One works I suppose because it's the most interesting thing one knows how to do.
The days one works are the best days. On the other days one is hurrying through the other things one imagines one has to do to keep one's life going.
In searching for inspiration from heroines of the American West, I find myself tackling much more than an easy to pinpoint, flat character. She is neither the stony faced pioneer woman facing the wide plains of Wyoming from the side of her covered wagon, nor is she a dazzling sharp-shooting, gun slinging, owner of a saloon. The women who pioneered the west were far more varied and nuanced than this simple reading of women braving the journey west.
It seems unlikely to find individuals who are able to crystalize your ideas about a topic in a way that not only encompasses, but surpasses your own feelings around the subject. In reading "The West, when women are telling the story", an article in High Country News' November issue by Emily Wortman-Wunder, I discovered two authors who spoke eloquently on topics I have been grappling with this fall. Their thoughtful insight into writing, the West, and women spark a new discussion about their interrelation, spurring me to delve deeper into how one might re-evaluate femininity in the context of the modern American West.