There are many things that can make a writer glow.
Something as simple as an idea, maybe a new character, a cute piece of scene setting, some passably decent prose, an uplifting literary festival...
But my favourite is the teaching and education thing.
A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to a group of several hundred ten year olds about raising their aspirations and looking forward to a life that could be full of variety, excitement and fulfilment -
It will come as no surprise I thoroughly recommended writing.
The event itself was sufficient to give me quite a glow, but that's only been turned up this week by the arrival of some lovely thank you letters -
Lots of them! And all full of lovely words about what a good time the youngsters had and how they had begun thinking about futures they may never otherwise have considered.
I even got a few drawings of a certain someone... and they were remarkably lifelike!
Yep, that's much how I look when talking to a camera.
It's a wonderful feeling, to have a sense you might actually make a difference to one or two young lives, and it's something I shall keep with me, to keep me glowing, for many weeks ahead.
Words, thoughts and feelings, and the chance to be a force for good. The life of a writer - and what a joyful and blessed existence it is.