Once upon a time, there was a girl named Violet who had a dream. That dream was to write her own book and have it published. What it was going to be about and how she was was going to go about it, she had no idea. She didn’t even have a catchy, quirky title ready. Far-fetched, flighty, and quite possibly fallible indeed, but it was still HER dream.
But, as with so many personal projects, life happened and her dream was put on the back burner for many years. Between working full time and devoting time to her family and an occasional fleeting hobby, Violet found herself more than occupied with daily life. But every once in a while, that dream would resurface in the back of her mind. Sometimes it nagged at her, other times it pleaded with her, but it never completely went away.
Until one fateful day, when Violet decided that she had waited long enough. It was finally time to be proactive about her perennial dream and to take the first formidable step toward making it a reality. It was now or never…
Powerful cliffhanger there, no? Did I make you want to read on to Chapter 2?
It’s true. I want to write a book. A *real* book. As can probably be inferred through my blog, I have a lot to say. But beyond that, I feel that I have a lot of meaningful things to say. That is why I began my Vagrant Violet blog to begin with. As I mentioned in the section of my blog, “Why Do I Write?”, I write for my own benefit, but also to hopefully potentially reach someone out there in WorldWideWebLand who might feel like an unrelatable anomaly. Hopefully that anomaly finds some sort of solace simply in knowing that s/he is not the only one out there who feels or thinks a certain way.
Reading all kinds of genres of books and articles has helped me immensely in this respect and has gotten me through many tough times, though there were so many instances (mostly in the pre-internet days) when I didn’t have the means of finding these resources. But now that that has changed, and I hope, in turn, that even if my book ultimately doesn’t sell a single copy, that I gave it my best shot and don’t live with any doubts or regrets. And if my book winds up selling just one copy, that the reader will find something meaningful that they can take away from reading it.
So today, I had the unique opportunity to meet with the lovely Jessica Talbot, Kiwi author of Picaflor: Finding Home in South America . As we sat down for nearly an hour and a half, I avidly took down notes regarding her book (which I am going to read once I finish my current novel, “The Aquariums of Pyongyang”), and the process and challenges she went through to have her book published. I left feeling cautiously optimistic and inspired by her words. Is it going to be an easy process? No, not in the least. But will it be a worthwhile one? Yes.
So my latest endeavor has now made itself known to me. And now, the only thing left to do it seems, is to start type, type, typing away.
To be continued…
And just for fun…