Mental Squint?

"When you are describing
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don't state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint."

~Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

I think writing matters.  Even - especially! - writing for young adults.  I fell in love with the stories of my adolescence

                     (the giver

                                    jacob have i loved

                                                                 number the stars

                                                                                           roll of thunder hear my cry

                                                                                                                                       summer of my german soldier)

...those, and hundreds more.  I carry them with me to this day. 

What was it about those books?  What did they teach me?  How did they leave their words behind in inkstains on my heart?

This is my attempt to mull and muddle through: my thoughts on writing, on why it's important, on my own evolving process.  Here is where I take off my glasses, rub my eyes, and start to squint into the things that matter.*

*(I mean... most of the time.  There may also be funny pictures and general fluff floating around too.  What can I say: welcome to my brain.)