This is what I love about writers, writing, and being a writer – this uncanny, magical ability of the imagination that can craft stunning and compelling stories. To write is to create. To create is to imagine. To imagine is to see beyond, as Toni Morrison says, “what is not the self,” the “strange” as something familiar, and the familiar as something “mystify[ing].” For example, in a book I recently read, a character describes the first sight of an approaching mountain range as (something like) “teeth” peaking over the horizon. The mountains (the familiar) became mystified by being compared to teeth – a strange but beautiful description on the writer’s part. This is a great quote in relation to writers and writing.