Happy Sunday ‘Good Write’ readers!
The final proofs are in! My forthcoming book “Hitting Water” is finished and ready for publication. It looks amazing! I’m so proud of these short stories about the brevity of life and how we embrace the people – flawed and all – who enter it. It’s a small book, but it packs a punch.
Maybe you are a writer and can’t find the time to write. Are you a writer who feels they have a book in them? Do you have a day job that takes up your time, yet makes you feel too exhausted at the end of the day to sit and write? That was me. I was the person who always wrote articles on blogs and hoped to have someone notice my work and give me a publishing deal. I’m one of many who felt they had a novel in them, but pushed it aside out of fear. Laziness, perhaps – but in essence, Laziness equals Fear. But I learned it doesn’t work that way. So, there I was, a writer who didn’t write. A writer with a day job in the media that was really dead end, where I would just go home, go to sleep and wake up again to a job that wasn’t even paying bills. You become dead after a while. However, to be fair, I work at a film/television studio in Los Angeles. I’m so lucky because my bosses are fine with me writing when I have down time, Yet, there are busy days where I steal away during lunch to write, or create notes after work for the next day. You do what you can. It’s so satisfying to accomplish the goal a little every day. Then when you see writers publish books or get an article in The New Yorker, you’ll no longer feel the creeping icky feeling of jealousy, like I did. You’ll no longer feel anger because you know you can write, but don’t even try – because now – you are trying. You’re a writer writing! Best feeling in the world!
How did I get out of my writer’s funk? After having a major medical ordeal that made me re-think my life, I felt that 2014 was going to be different. This was the first year where I made a New Years resolution and stuck with it. I would write at least 500 – 1000 words each day. And I did it. I did it because I was tried of relying on a corporate job to allow me to exist. I was tired of letting my personal ability to create go to waste when I knew I could make it into something real. I don’t expect to be a millionaire here, but I don’t expect anything really. Who knows? How exciting to stimulate the universe and generate the energy flow toward a goal. How exciting to see where it will take me!
But this book? I just know this is the first step in the right direction toward creating something to inspire others to feel a little, to write a little to find a way to self publish a little. “Hitting Water” is me, planting my stake in the world of written word to say – HERE I AM. This is the first of many books I have in the works. “Hitting Water” is my debut.
I hope “Hitting Water” will inspire people like me, who didn’t think they could ever get their writing in gear and publish – even self publish – to get down to business and do it. It can be fun! It’s daydreaming made real! You place yourself in imaginary worlds that come from you, allowing others to read and share your vision. I love that. I hope others with aspirations to see their writing materialize will be inspired by this book and the writer behind it. “Hitting Water”may not change the world (yet), but it’s changing mine in so many ways.
I’ll be uploading the final version of the completed cover this week, prompting Amazon to provide me with a publishing date. “Hitting Water” will also be on Kindle as well. So, watch this space for the official release date.
The way things are going, it looks like the book may come out on the week of my birthday. What a lovely thing!!
December 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm
Will the sequel be titled, “Coming Up For Air”?
All kidding aside, congratulations on achieving your goal and making an effective change in your life.
December 7, 2014 at 11:41 pm
Aww, thank you! Actually, the next book is inspired by my childhood piano teacher. I’m creating the outline and building the blocks toward that one Very excited about it too!
December 8, 2014 at 12:51 am
Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog since when I found your posts in the Robin Williams tag on tumblr, and I’ve always liked how your words flow so beautifully on the (virtual) page, even when you talk about tragic events in your own life. Can’t wait to see the book, and, considering how shitty and disappointing my 2014 was, I might follow your advice and see that 2015 is the year of change and improvement.
December 8, 2014 at 2:58 am
Thank you thank you!! So glad you like my blog! Yes, hopefully 2015 will be better for you. I went through some really rough years until 2014 when the clouds began to clear. I hope they do the same for you. Hang in there! Maybe my book will help. Some dark stories, but the subtext should make one think about life and the people in it. Maybe be thankful for what we have.