It took me two years of starting and stopping and starting again to get my book written. Lot's of things got in the way, not just events and people, but my own mind, my own thoughts. As I wrote I discarded and started anew, I fudged things, smudged things, and threw my arms up in frustration. I went from distinct memories to fuzzy ones, memories filled with smells and sounds, and others blinded by lights and tastes. Things that happened suddenly seemed more important then they were, and life became one big tumbled journey of childhood laughs and teenage tears. But through this slightly messed up and very crazy journey I came to a few conclusions about life that I could take on board for good.
What writing a book taught me about life:
1. Perfection is over-rated.
2. Memories are stories we tell each other over and over, and through that process they can
become a little smudged, a little tainted, but that is okay!
3. We all remember things differently, that's a given, but it doesn't mean that someone is right or wrong.
4. Life is what you make it.
5. We should always tell the truth to the best of our abilities.
6. When you tell yourself something over and over and over again it can sometimes lose it's magic.
7. Writing can be cathartic as well as hell-ish.
8. What we remember is precious ... to ourselves and to others who wish to listen.
9. Through the process, you can see emerge, from the mist of words, those that count and those that need to fall flat on their faces.
10. Life is a journey and most of the time we let the journey pass us by without a second thought, that is sad.
11. There is a lot of pain and misunderstanding in life, but then how would we learn if we didn't have these burdens.
12. But mostly, life is good, life is fun, and memories are there to remember, not to cling too.
Want to see a sneak peek of my book cover?
Here is the original drawing ...
What do you think??
And if you would like to pre-order a copy of my book head on over here - "Ditch the Arm, Keep the Leg" - to Oodle Books (pre-order and you will not only receive a signed copy, but also help me sell 1000 copies and if I sell 1000 copies before the end of May my publisher, Gail, HAS to race me in the pool!!)