The Dreams We Make

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! 🙂

Frog

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.

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24 thoughts on “The Dreams We Make

  1. I am very happy to hear that you decided to push the date a little, i think you deserve to have your dreams come tru in your hands in all their glory. Like you said, when we get excited we tend to rush. This is happening to me also,but slightly different. Everyone around me is telling me my writings are ready, but I am still in the revision process 🙂
    I am looking forward to ordering your book and so nice that there will be illustrations too!
    The poem was very cute, but I feel sad about the frog!

    • Thank you for the support! I really appreciate it. I was a little nervous having to say that I’m pushing it back. But I want it to be done right.
      So you’re still in the revision process? Are you putting together a poetry collection? I would love to have and read a book of poems by you. You always amaze me with how passionate and vivid your poetry is.
      Thanks again, Oloriel! 🙂

      • Yes, the book of poems I am going to self publish, but my real work goes into my book that I have an agent/editor waiting and well, I’m stalling it. I think they ain’t gonna like it, I think they are not interested in the genre or will want to completely remodel my story to something mainstream and pornographic. It’s my first ever submission and I am really just wanting to do it right 100% my part:D

      • That is so awesome! The fear that no one will like it is something I think every writer deals with. It was tough the first time I ever tried to send anything out.
        Don’t let those negative thoughts win! I can tell writing is in your heart, I’ve read it in all of your blog posts- from poetry to prose. I think you’ll do great! And you’ve got at least one copy of each book sold right here. 🙂

      • Thank you very much for these words!I can’t wait to purchase your book, it will be special because it will be the first book I ever ordered online, besides the fact that I love your writing!

    • Thank you! I’m happy to have the support and the help. 🙂
      I’m looking forward to Awakening Spring! I really enjoyed Embracing Winter, I think you made me a fan of Vampires again. They’re such great monsters and I’m glad you highlight that in your book!

      • Now that I am unmasked I guess I will say… “I am Iron Man.” Total accident as I was trying to log in and subscribe. Guess I’ll have to bid adieu to my nom de plume. Couldn’t be more excited to get my hands on a copy of Beggars. I want the paperback! And if this posts under my initials which it looks like its going to – I’ll have posted under three names and I’m going to quit the Internet heh.

  2. Joe, I think that’s a wise and mature approach. The old adage, ‘better safe than sorry’ applies. After all, when you publish something there’s no opportunity to go back and revise. I’m still looking forward to buying and reading it! Good luck with the revisions 🙂 Oh, and the frog poem is great. You’re lucky to have writing from so far back 🙂

    • Thank you, Bianca. Pushing the release back made me a touch sad at first, but I think if I had published it without correcting the things I was questioning I would have felt worse in the long run. It makes me feel pretty good to have the support from you and others in this decision. But then, that’s what friends do. 🙂
      Thanks again for the understanding.
      I also look forward to your book! The synopsis is intriguing, and from the writing on your blog I know we’re in for a well written novel. I’m a big fan of your Danae series!

  3. As always Joe, you have my support 100%. I know how hard you’ve worked on the book, and debated over your decision to go back for another revision of it. The finished product will be well worth the wait. When you finally present it to the public you will be able to do it with great pride and a sense of satisfaction, because you’ll know you’ve presented a book that is to the best of your capabilities, and not something you simply settled for. Always proud of you!!

    • Indeed it will. I think I would have cheated myself if I had let it go without doing my job. Not that the book has to be perfect (in my mind it probably never will be, hehe) but it needs to be complete and done right.
      Thanks for your support, Rati! 🙂

  4. Thank God for Moms, Joe! And thank God for friends and colleagues willing to stand with us to see our dreams through, and to give their opinions, despite the awkwardness, because they care.

    If you published something that was less than your best, that would be a far, far worse mistake than missing a publication date (a minor, common fault). What better reason to tell the public you are delaying publication than because you are committed to doing it right? I absolutely refuse to publish something before it shines like the sun, or just to get a publishing credit, but the problem is knowing when something really is ready, when we are standing too close to see what’s wrong, and when we are just obsessing needlessly.

    We’d all prefer that you miss your date if it means a better product, one that you can be proud of and that we can relish. We all look forward to it when it comes, Joe!

    As bgbowers said, your decision is a sign of wisdom and maturity – nothing to apologize for. Missing the date or ignoring advice… well, now those are legit things to apologize for, but they are also very common and advice is a very tricky thing. We all need to be better listeners. It is critical that we listen to the advice of others, but our default mode tends to be that we know best. After all, we are the experts at our own dreams, right?

    Of course in reality, even if a reader is clueless as to our master plan, lacking our deeper insights into the motivations of the characters and of our story’s grander elements, the fact is that if something didn’t sit right with them, or didn’t make sense to them, we need to listen and to be grateful for their input. They make us better writers — even those who give us poor advice, because they make us think, double check, and make sure we’re doing it right. Helpful criticism (rather than the harsh, unthinking and more common type we sometimes get anonymously online) helps sharpen us, if we listen. We need to be better at truly listening and discerning good from bad advice.

    My default is to tell myself that I’ve spent dozens of hours considering the concept that they developed an opinion on and offering a fix for without a moment’s thought. And so I do just that — I assume I’m right. Sadly for me, that is not always the case. People completely ignorant of all the nuances can often spot things we miss, because they are coming from a fresh perspective. I’ve heard great wisdom from both old and very young alike. Almost every time I set a story down I’ve written and am proud of, I can come back 3 days or 3 weeks later and find significant improvements for. This is not uncommon, I hear. Our work can always be improved, and even total strangers with no expertise in writing, or on the topic, can often find mistakes in our work or at least show us where something isn’t as clear as we think it is or have an interesting alternative way to handle it. Sometimes their way is better and sometimes it makes no sense. It’s an age-old problem, my friend. We have all succumbed to it. The point is, you are back on track and that’s a good thing indeed! It’s a reminder for next time!

    Since I’m already being ridiculously longish in this post, I’ll address being obsessed. Writers, like artists (I’m both, so it nails me on all sides), can easily get obsessed and because we can always improve something, we could quite literally write the same book forever, and it will continue to improve — and sometimes get much worse as we fiddle with it, then fix our fiddling only to create a new problem. At some point, we need to declare it finished. We are tinkerers. Sometimes we need to “Move away from the manuscript.” I’m a firm believer in setting down what I’ve written for several days and returning with a fresh pair of eyes, letting friends read it, edit it to death, but when is it actually done? Every time my gut tells me in a very quite voice that something “might” need a look at, it’s usually right.

    Just because we can think of another way of writing a sentence doesn’t mean we should! But long before it hits your editor, it should have gone through periods of sitting there untouched, and also many different hands, IMO. When you can look at it and notice that nothing you are doing is improving it, only changing it, you probably need to stop doing that and call it done, if you’ve done those other steps.

    • So very true. Thanks, Bob. A lot of what you said is still ringing in my ears, it’s sometime tough to know when to stop tweaking and when to let your brain baby go into the world. But I would have been doing a disservice to Readers if I had not fixed issues I thought were “good enough.” A gap in a plot line is a pretty big deal.
      But fear not, despite the revision to Beggars, the story I’m doing for “Arcane Synthesis: A Blended-Genre Anthology” is moving along splendidly! You’ve got some great stuff happening with Cosmothea over at QT Games, and I’m happy to be a part of it! 🙂

      • Sounds like you’re on the right path, Joe! As for Arcane Synthesis, I’m not worried about you. The Kickstarter hasn’t even gone live yet so no worries. I’ll look forward to seeing your work when you are ready to show it. As always, let me know how I can help!

        Thanks for your kind comments regarding Cosmothea. I’m very pleased to have you on board with the project and expect good things to come down the pike from it all. Let’s make the rest of 2013 and 2014 as well, our best years ever!

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