It’s a new day…

…and I’m a published author! My first book is Joy Ride a memoir of my decades long journey to self-acceptance. That journey seems pale now as I ask myself what’s next? Why did I write the book and where will the next chapter lead me?

The months from completing the manuscript to publishing have been a whirl wind of re-reads, tweaks, nit corrections (my beloved editor, Eva’s, word for those text bugs that show up in the oddest places), arranging the launch party and thinking about marketing – something that scares me some and just plain rattles my insides more. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d write and publish a book. I never kept a journal or diary and, honestly, never even read that much. I have enjoyed books (Autobiography of a Face and With or Without You are a couple of memorable ones) along the way – mostly in spurts of reading with long spurts of not reading in between.

Getting back to what feels like the marketing monster, I’d like to go with my usual pattern of thinking: what ever happens with the roll-out of the book is what is meant to happen. But then, I realize that if I don’t purposefully tell people about the book, no one will know it exists – especially these days with so many books being published every day. Which means the newest leg of the journey is getting comfortable enough with my accomplishment to let the universe know, and taking responsibility for doing my very human, grass-roots part to make that happen. It’s about launch parties, readings and announcements for sure. And it’s also about hearing and believing what my readers tell me and owning my deep desire to share my inner and outer adventures with others in hopes that we all might continue to create our own lives as Thomas Merton says in the quote below.

I’ll close this post with two quotes that have recently popped out at me. Till the next time…

“It is true that we are called to create a better world. But we are first of all called to a more immediate and exalted task: that of creating our own lives.” Thomas Merton

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” Desmond Tutu