Today I have decided to talk about where the inspiration for my blog began.
You will notice that my blog is called Of Saffron & Cyrus and since it’s Burns’ Night tonight, I feel it’s fitting to reveal where the REAL inspiration for my blog lies and pay tribute to a brilliant poet at the same time.
Now I’ll point out that I NEVER set out to become a blogger. In fact, not so long ago I even announced to my work colleagues that I didn’t see the point in blogs AT ALL. However after my miscarriage I felt drawn to penning my own story because it was so close to my heart.
Having been a writer who has twisted a fair fews arms in pursuit of other people’s journeys, I had an internal calling to share my own personal story publicly – in the hope of reaching out to others who might see their own reflections in my writing.
My blog’s title was actually born out of distraction. I’m still not sure how I came across Robert Burns’ 1785 poem ‘To a Mouse’ online, but I was reading how it had inspired the title for John Steinbeck’s 1937 novella, Of Mice and Men and it got me thinking. In Burns’ poem, the lines that resonated with Steinbeck were:
‘The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!’
I read the lines above over and over again. I then read them aloud. There was just something about them that I felt I could identify with myself. My own shattered dreams and failed plans after miscarriage left me with nothing but grief and pain.
So while the title Of Saffron & Cyrus has been spun from Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the point of my rambling is this: Today my blog title might resonate with happiness on the surface, but know that there is an underlying message tinged with sadness that cannot be forgotten.
I will end by saying that every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce something special. And sometimes, it comes from the most unlikeliest of sources.