"Most of us have ongoing obsessions, sometimes as a result of difficult, tragic, magical or unexpected events or circumstances in our lives. Sometimes these are the things we studiously avoid writing about, but sooner or later we come to realize they are our bedrock material. The fact is that writing, like any creative undertaking, carries with it both pain and great joy. The pain is often inherent in the most fertile subject matter; the joy lies in transforming that subject matter and thus moving through it in a way that helps us grow while we create something of value to others."
–Judith Barrington, Writing the Memoir