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I get so excited about hosting these games. They are so much fun, even if you just read the submissions, it gets hilarious!
Well I did it.
A couple of days ago I buckled up the courage and clicked that daunting ‘send’ button, submitting my manuscript for a new book.
By the end of the day I discovered that it was approved for the ‘E’ version.
But, now a more painful task awaits me. I get to wait out the gruesome days until I am informed whether or not the very same manuscript will be accepted by the publisher for print and I can actually, someday, hold a copy of my own work in my hands.
I’ve already checked my email at least a dozen times. No email from him yet.
Even better than that, if it does get approved then I get to force feed my friends and family this glorious information. At which point I also get to start groveling and begging these poor people to help me force feed my book to everyone they know who might, even remotely, be interested in what I have to write about.
Now all the self doubt that I have been denying myself for weeks as I worked myself into a fit, finishing and polishing this love of mine, has come to the forefront in full force. I had a sleepless night last night, lying in my comfy bed wondering quietly “Why would anyone that knows me want to read what I’ve written? What have I done?”
I must be realistic. It’s a work of fiction. A story I thought up, a place I invented, told about people who only exist inside my mind. Do I think it’s a good story? Yes, I really do.
Can I convince other people that it’s a good story? I’m really not sure.
Not until I get someone else to actually read it. I understand and accept that I am a writer, I am not a salesperson and I am not good at publicizing my work.
I can only hope that out of the billions, yes billions, of people living on this planet right now, that some of them would have the same taste in books that I do and find it to be just a wonderful as I think it is. That’s plausible and realistic. Right?
God, I can’t think about this anymore right now.
I’m going to go sit outside for a while with a hot cup of something and watch as autumn falls away and winter tries to arrive. I need to avoid my computer for some time today.
I’ve checked my email again since starting this entry.
Thanks for listening,
‘The Drive’ is a true page turner into the dangerous and unexpected. Marvelously well written, this is an astounding story with an absolutely rich and intriguing plot that doesn’t disappoint. Each chapter will keep you pinned to your seat, then leaves you breathless with a heart wrenching surprise ending.
I thought I would share this bit of insight with you this morning.
I feel that most of us ‘creative’ minded people have a ‘doubting demon’ housed in the backs of our consciousnesses, slowly feeding and chipping away on our confidence. This constantly reminds us that we ‘don’t have what it takes’.
Sometimes, throughout the process of creating a piece of art, (no matter what the medium you choose to utilize), without warning and quite uninvited the thoughts occur from deep inside, “I can’t do this. Maybe I’ll try again later. It’s not as good as the other guy. I should just give up.”
This constant diet of negative thought makes it very difficult to ‘believe’ in our own work, and to prove to ourselves that it IS good enough to keep pursuing.
Well okay, maybe you don’t have one of these critters dwelling in the dark recesses of your confidence, but I definitely do. Unfortunately I listen to this advice more than I should.
I have discovered that the trick to finishing a project doesn’t have anything to do with the encouragement we receive from family, friends or our peers. It does however have everything to do with the never ending fight within ourselves, against our own self esteem, self perception and how we value ourselves in comparison to what we think of others.
Having listened to my inner doubt one day and avoiding my true desires to write, I found this fantastic piece of advice while stumbling through the vastness of the internet. It struck me so profoundly that I posted a note right over the top of my computer to constantly remind me of its thoughtful and inspiring message.
It has helped me overpower the doubts I fight, sometimes daily, in this quest of mine to write a better story.
So here it is. I truly hope you glean from it everything I did and it can prove as a source of weaponry against your own ‘doubting demon’.
I wish you only good luck in your pursuits, whatever they may be. Follow your dreams, they will lead you to good places.
A collection of four very different timeless novellas created with you in mind. To entertain you, to make you wonder, to make you thrill, to provoke within you that which was always there. To take you on an adventure out of now and transport you to somewhere that you would never have experienced and loved had I not, just for you, collected these PAGES.
Leaving behind the sweet world of childhood enrapture and fantasy is poignantly displayed in this love filled story of a child’s struggle to find balance at a shifting stage in his life. A passage that he must experience as his journey leads him away from his beloved Summer Garden.