For a long time I have known something about myself: I am really good at starting things, but finishing them? Not so much. A friend recently reminded me that this is but one mark of a Pisces. Imagine my surprise when, on May 29, 2018, the paperback version of my book went live on Amazon. That’s right! I actually succeeded in beginning and finishing a full-length novel. Wow! I have not completely wrapped my brain around this yet, but I’m gonna give it my best shot.
The thing is, I am not exactly sure how to get my brain around the completion of something I began almost four years ago. I should be ecstatic – and I am, don’t get me wrong! But there is also the very distinct question of ‘what’s next?’ banging around in my head right now. I mean, I spent almost every waking moment for the past several YEARS thinking about and writing the book that I wanted to read. And when I wasn’t consciously thinking about it, I could hear it whispering in the back of my mind, “Git ‘er done!” I did that. Now what?
Let’s see … I have several Tarot books I’ve been meaning to read, Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey, and two travel books on Ireland to tackle before my trip in September. There are several metaphysical books gathering dust on my shelf, oh, and one incredible poetry book by Ra Avis that I have been meaning to get to. The funny thing about writing was not feeling like I had time to read much of anything. I still read a lot, of course, seeing as it’s so difficult for me to not be in the middle of five or ten books at one time. I worked my way through everything that Patrick Rothfuss has published (Rothruss is by far THE best fantasy writer I have ever read – I am not kidding even one little bit), The Four Agreements, two of Joe Dispenza’s books, one by Eckhart Tolle, Inner Engineering, another book on meditation and another on yoga, some things I reviewed right here on this blog, and a handful of novels that I listened to on CD (by Sanderson, JRR Martin, and Mark Lawrence, all excellent writers of high fantasy). I am looking forward to finally knocking out the twenty or so more books that have been calling for my attention. For now, I won’t be writing one – at least for a little while.
If you are at all inclined to read fantasy fiction, check out my first novel. Reviews are appreciated. Feel free to email me with suggestions or comments about the book at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am always looking to become better at this. Mostly, though, I hope you enjoy your journey into the little world I was privileged to create.
You can find my book,
on Amazon.com, in either Kindle or paperback.
Meanwhile, I would love to hear about your endings and beginnings. Leave me a comment to get the conversation started.
As always, thank you so much for reading!