For the past five years, I’ve had a one-inch piece of paper stuck on the wall next to my desk. It’s my horoscope and it reads, “If you can combine intellectual ability and passion, you will prove quite unstoppable. It’s not as easy as it seems, however.”
The day I read this, I’d been searching for an answer about whether or not I should seriously pursue a writing career. It turns out, the words on that little piece of paper held many truths.
A few days ago marked a milestone event in my pursuit of a “second career.” I had the pleasure of sharing the launch of my first novel with the wonderful people in my life; family members, my fantastic neighbors, and friends–new and old. It was held in Bethel, CT, a place where I’ve never felt more at home. Best of all, it was held in my favorite bookstore, Byrd’s Books.
When I decided to write a novel four years ago, a launch day like this was my summit. I saw my journey as a metaphorical climb up Everest, taking me through many writing classes, an entire practice book (it sits in a drawer, unpublished), a first draft of The Hourglass plus a zillion revisions (okay, so I exaggerate), finding an agent and then receiving an offer from a publisher and then…more edits.
The view at the summit has almost made me forget about the grueling work, yet it has also made one thing very clear; there are more peaks for me to climb toward as I tackle this new career.
Guess I’d better get busy typing…
Here are some pictures of my launch day. Due to a camera glitch, these are from a few people who attended.
I also want to say thank you to those of you have purchased The Hourglass since it’s launch in April!