Today I’d like to talk about dreams. Not the dreams we all have while we sleep, but the dreams we live for- the dreams we strive to see come true. Some dreams are pure fun, who wouldn’t want a swimming pool full of chocolate, right? But seriously, it takes hard work to make your dreams come true.
Sometime we can be impatient, hasty beings. We want it now, we want it fast, and by Odin we shall have it! I can tell you from personal experience, this can lead to problems. With my book, Beggars in the Streets of Time, I’m working through just such an issue. In my haste to hold my brain baby in my hands and pass it around for others to smile at, I almost failed to do my job.
I don’t want to be the Author who publishes a book despite it living up to the vision I had. With its first draft, I had always wanted Beggars to be an illustrated novel. But that’s not the main issue at hand. As you all have noticed, I’m an excited individual, too excited. My readers sent notes back on the book, and I’m sad to say that at first I ignored them all.
I was selling my dream up the river. The more I thought about the notes I got, the more I realized that indeed there was something wrong with the book. We’re talking “mind the pot holes” or rather the one glaring plot hole that I figured wasn’t a big deal. IT IS A BIG DEAL!
To those of you (and I include myself in this) that were waiting to get your hands on a copy of this sweet, sweet prose, I apologize. It will not be available for sale on September 9th. I have pushed the release date back to fix the issues that I had ignored. Plus, I get to publish my fully illustrated dream!
A spot of advice folks, don’t let the want to see the product finished get in the way of doing the job right. Because writing is a job, it’s hard work, but it’s good work. And my work is not quite finished.
So please bear with me, and I apologize for almost releasing an incomplete work. As it stands, it looks like Beggars in the Streets of Time will be released by the end of November or beginning of December; just in time for the Holidays! Also, as more of the artwork is completed, I’ll post a few for your viewing pleasure. I got lucky in having a talented artist for a brother, and Ben has done some terrific illustrations.
So has anyone ever been too close to a project to notice that it was missing something? Did you let it slide and pretend it was fine? I’d love to hear about it.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Still here? Well okay then! Here’s a little treat, the very first poem I ever wrote. I think I was about 8 years old… Enjoy! 🙂
I remember when I was a frog,
I’d sit and eat on a fallen log,
I had no friends because I ate like a hog,
I jumped real high because I was a frog.
Then one day I met a dog,
He ate me off my fallen log,
He had a B.M. in a foggy bog,
I no longer look like a little green frog.