Welcome to my blog!
As an aspiring author on the long, rocky road to publication, I figured it was only natural for my first post to be about, you guessed it, writing. I have recently come out of the closet to friends and co-workers regarding my passion for storytelling and dedication to see my name in print. I did receive one "are you crazy" squint, along with a mute head nod, but overall everyone has been encouraging and optimistic.
The scariest part about having a dream with unlikely odds of success is sharing it with others. I asked myself many times before telling anyone, except my dh (darling husband), what if I fail? What if I tell people about my hopes and dreams and I don't succeed? My answer: remove failure as an option. By putting myself out there, so to speak, I was making a commitment to myself that I would succeed. If I believe in my talent, have faith in the universe to support my desire, and passion to fuel me, then there is nothing to fear.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear from Dune
Yes, I'm a movie fanatic, but moving right along ...
The hardest part about having a dream is pursuing it. Many people say, "I want to travel and see the world", but wait until they have saved enough, retire, or overcome their fear of flying. Many people say, "I want to do something with my life that makes me happy, but can't because I have to pay the bills." Many people say, "I want to write a book, but I don't have time." Remove the "but" and just do it!
At an early age, the wanderlust bug bit me. Since I was seventeen, I have traveled all over the world. Do I come from an affluent family? Far from it. In fact, my colorful past has enabled me to give my stories a backbone and my characters substance. I wanted to write a book. I've finished three, well, two and three quarters. Did I have time? No, I made time while working a full time job, serving as a military reservist, and taking online workshops to hone my craft. I still had to make time for my dh and canine kiddies. I bow to all of you on the same road who are able to juggle the balls with children added to the mix, Bravo.
I am following my bliss and enjoying the journey, even the bumpy bits. Make the most of your life starting today. I hope you'll stick with me as I chronicle my adventure.