One of my favorite places in the world is Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham, Washington. Visitors experience the wonder of a truly magical 240 acre forest within a small town in Northwest Washington State (Bellingham, WA). A stone bridge and the waterfall it faces are very much the centerpiece of the park.
I grew up a few miles from this park. It’s a place that attaches itself to the psyches of visitors. When I took English 101 in college, one of our writing assignments was a paper about a place. I wrote about Whatcom Falls Park. When I ran into my English professor on campus about a year later, he commented that he still remembered the paper I wrote about Whatcom Falls Park. It makes an impression even through the printed word.
I wrote that college paper over twenty years ago, but I’m still writing about Whatcom Falls Park. I wish I had kept the paper I wrote in college so I could compare it to what I’m writing now. I suspect that my writing skills have improved in the intervening years. One thing I know for sure, though, is that there’s an art to bringing out the live experience of visiting the park on the printed page. My own attachment to this magical place, I think, will help me bring out its’ wonder in the fantasy literature I’m aiming to finish this summer. I am looking forward to bringing Whatcom Falls Park to readers.