Pursuing The Dream…

May 31, 2011

My book is proceeding apace, cover and galleys approved, printing in process, the publisher’s site, Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com being updated with my book’s information. In my fantasy, I thought of this as “The End” of this book and time to move on to the next. However, that is not the case! I am sailing into uncharted territory and learning new skills, as I try to guide my “first born” into the world. As with any worthwhile project, it is not enough to bring forth the object, one must make it known to the world. Social media, a new blog, feeds, all are things requiring that I learn a new language and acquire the ability to use these tools.

Of course, this is going on while I have new ideas, new research and new writing projects to develop. All in all, to my surprise, I am finding this to be exciting and fun, as well as challenging. It is stressful, but so is anything new and different.

The important thing, I am learning AGAIN, is to keep moving forward, keep working on it, keep learning. Time is not static, and I can’t be, either!

Dreams DO Come True!

May 7, 2011

Recently, I have received undeniable proof that dreams really do come true! My first novel is in production. I have received the galleys for corrections and the cover proofs for comment. The finished product will be out this summer!!! This is something I’ve dreamed about since childhood, but never expected to see happen.

How DID it happen? Certainly, I have not acquired a fairy godmother, or an anonymous benefactor. I can only attribute it to changes in me that are a result of the personal development I have been doing. Reading, keeping a gratitude journal, listening to positive information, choosing to turn away from negative influences, all have helped me develop a new focus. A sequence of events occurred, each event leading into another, that literally propelled me into finishing my novel and getting it published.

Does this achievement mean that I’m finished? Do I write “The End” and stop? Absolutely not! This is only the beginning! The beauty of dreams is that they keep on coming. When we achieve one goal, one dream, that achievement spurs us on to the next. Out of the achievement grows a new dream, even bigger and brighter. Just as one step begins a journey of a thousand miles, one goal achieved begins the development of a bigger and better one.   I know that there will be hills to climb, and valleys to hike out of, new efforts and more work involved.  However, I have one thing I didn’t have before, and that is positive proof that dreams really can come true!

If you don’t have a dream, now is your time to look within. Do you like what you see? It all begins inside. Take time to get to know yourself. Acknowledge the good things, and start working on improving the character traits, habits or other issues that need work. Think about what you really want to do with your life, and start to make it happen!