Monthly Archives: January 2015

Taking the Leap of Faith

…only to land in a net of support

 

Have you ever had a dream that was so close to your heart that you would give up every other item on your “bucket list” in order to achieve it?

If you have, then you know how important this first book (of our book series) has become to my co-author, Amanda Giasson, and I.

leap of faith perspective book seriesIf you haven’t, then you’ll just have to use your imagination for now, and when you do suddenly come across a goal that is means more to you than any other experience in your life, I hope that you’ll remember this post. No, that wasn’t my “subtle” way of asking you to please subscribe to this blog, but now that we’re on the subject, please feel free to do so if you want to continue to read about our thoughts and progress on the way to getting our book series published and becoming rich and famous 😉

We’re not quite there, yet, but we’re trying very hard and we’re making  promising progress. It’s a nerve wracking process! When you decide to try to turn a dream into reality, it means that you’re taking a massive risk. While something remains a dream, it’s “safe”. You may not have it, yet, but at least it remains on your list of things that could happen.

When you decide to actually try to achieve your dream, you’re essentially jumping off a cliff and are trusting that either the water below you will be deep enough, or that a net will appear and will catch you. If things don’t work out, all could be lost.

When Amanda and I decided that it was time to stop talking about getting our books published, and to start taking action to get our words onto real pages that you can find in bookstores, jumping off a cliff was exactly how it felt. Completing the first draft of the manuscript was a tremendous victory for us, as Amanda described last week, when she wrote “Some Success Lasts Forever”.

taking the leap perspective book seriesStill, taking our leap was a huge rush. Suddenly, we found ourselves mid-air, falling toward the unknown. We could only hope that it would work out; that the experience would be a successful one. We are, after all, headed into unknown waters in the most important undertaking of our lives.

That’s where the net came in. As we started to tell friends, family, and even blog readers and social media followers, about what we are trying to do, the support was nearly overwhelming. The thought of it moves me to the point that tears are forming as I type these words. Instead of calling us “dreamers”, looking at us with doubt, or telling us not to get our hopes up because the odds are against us, the support that we have received has been far beyond what I could ever have expected.

At no other point in my life have I been the recipient of such consistent, genuine, and remarkable positivity. Every “like” to our Facebook page or “follow” on Twitter, every person who smiles with interest and wants to know about how we’re progressing, and everyone who has enthusiastically told us that they can’t wait to get their hands on their own copy and read our story, has made an immeasurable difference to my confidence.

net of support perspective book seriesIn return, that all I can promise is that Amanda and I will do everything in our power to keep the books in our series fun, interesting, original, and entertaining. We will continue trying, and we will do everything to see our stories on printed (and e-printed) pages.

When we do, we will never forget the support that we received so openly from everyone around us – in the real world and the digital one.

…Here come the tears again.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this:

We are taking the leap, but you are providing the net.

Thank you.

 

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Some Success Lasts Forever

It feels amazing to complete a goal, doesn’t it? To finally bring that long-term goal that you thought you’d never see to the end, to fruition? I’m happy to announce that just over one month ago, I achieved this exact success. I have to say, it feels incredible!

Success is possibleAs my fellow writer in crime, Julie B Campbell, has already revealed in the blog she posted last week, we have successfully completed the first draft of our manuscript. While it is flawed and still needs a lot of work, before it becomes a truly polished piece, having this first, and most important step (in my opinion), behind us, was the real achievement for me.

We’ve been writing this story, in some shape or form, for 15 years. Finally completing the first official draft of our manuscript is a success that will stay with me forever.

Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that I have any intention of stopping now that I’ve crossed the finish line. Like many others, I have big dreams and I fully intend to chase after them. That said, ultimately, whatever may happen from this point forward, I know I can hold my head up high because I completed a goal that was truly important to me. I didn’t just talk about something I had intended to do that I never saw through to the end – I actually did it. I have finished what I had started.

As you likely know, if you’ve ever strived to complete a goal over the long-long-term, it isn’t always easy. You second-guess and doubt yourself countless of times throughout the process. You ask yourself if it’s worth it. You wonder if you will ever get it done or if you’ll have to give up on it, as has been the case with so many other goals that have come before and after it. But you can’t give up on what you love and on what you truly believe is great.

I never gave up. I am so proud of myself and proud of Julie for pushing forward and completing the first part of our grand adventure. The hardest part – finishing what we started 15 years ago – is now behind us and an exciting journey filled with new and exciting goals is in front of us.

I hope 2015 will be a wonderful and productive year for all of you and I wish everyone success at completing a personal goal, no matter how big or how small it may be. Julie and I have every intention of making this an amazing year for ourselves and our precious project.

I’ll write more again soon. Like Julie, I’m looking forward to keeping you up to date about our progress and sharing my experiences along the way 🙂

Take care everyone, and thanks for reading!

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Writing is Hard!

Back to the drawing board…

We’re back! I’m sorry for disappearing for a full year, but until now, there hasn’t really been much to post. I’m excited to say that this has now changed.

Perspective BooksSo here’s the scoop…

Amanda and I used 2014 to take our book (yes, that same book that we talked about through all of our previous posts) and start it again. Our intention had initially been to edit what we had and to see what we could do with it. After giving that a try, we realized that a “simple” edit just wasn’t enough.

That first draft was far, far too rough. So instead of trying to work with a deeply flawed manuscript, we started again. We went back to the drawing board. We held on to our characters and to the core plot of our story, but we essentially gutted it and began at the beginning. Now, we have re-written everything and we have a first draft that we can work with.

To be fair to ourselves, the original story was written nearly 15 years ago. We’ve come a very long way since then, both personally and in terms of our writing careers and abilities. So instead of trying to stick to what we’d originally written, we decided to take that foundation that we loved (and still love) and apply our decade-and-a-half of added experience to it. If I do say so, myself, it’s now on the way to being truly great.

The process reminded me of the house that had belonged to my Great-Aunt Marge. It was well over a century old, and my family loved how quirky it was. We had to sell it, and when I found out that the new owners had maintained its exterior but had essentially gutted it, my heart broke a little…until I saw pictures of the changes they’d made. Holy macaroni! The new owners completely embraced the age and style of the home, but gave it the modern touches – and level floors – that it desperately needed. Now, I only wish that I could buy it back 😉

In my opinion, that’s just what Amanda and I have done with the book. We held on to every part of it that made it great, and scrapped all of the sloping floors, the crumbling plaster, and the ancient carpet. Now, it’s something even more special and we love it to bits.

So begins the editing process…again. That first draft says everything we need it to say, but we’re now busily tweaking it so that it actually says it in English!

To motivate ourselves to get the job done, this time, we’re getting back to blogging and will be posting updates of our progress over social media. If you’re interested in following our progress, feel free to join us at:

Twitter (@Qarradunebooks)
Facebook
Google+

Thank you, Reader, for sticking with us! Aside from our own obsession with the fantasy world that we have created and the characters who live within it, you are the reason that we work so hard to bring our book to reality.

With luck (and a lot of hard but wonderful work), we’ll soon be telling you where you can actually read this book that we’ve been telling you about for so long.

Come back often, check us out on social media, and please feel welcome to subscribe to this blog so that you’ll always know when Amanda and I have added something new. Please, feel welcome to start commenting again, too! We read every comment and would love to hear your thoughts on what we’ve said or on the progress that you are making on your own creative writing!

See you again, soon!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2015

Big things are on their way in 2015.

 

Let’s all work hard to make this year a time that is filled with good health and great happiness.

We wish you all the best and hope that you will join us here as we begin posting again on a more regular basis.  There will be lots to share and some great announcements to make, too.

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

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