This post is dedicated to my daughter, Annalise, who helped with an integral part of the editing process, and my friend Sylvia woodman, who is my personal patron of the arts.
Do you have cherished childhood dreams of personal glory? As the old year merged into the new, I had the chance to do something I’ve never done before…something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl! It seems appropriate that I’m writing this today, because it’s my daughter’s half-birthday – today, she is 10.5 years old. She’s full of dreams, and she’s got a lifetime to make them come true.
So, on to my dream…
I was able to read my own story in World Unknown Review!
I’ve been writing since I was seven years old. For most of those years, I filled notebook after notebok, and tucked them away, unseen by nearly everyone – only a very few close friends and lovers saw bits and pieces of those creations. I was serious about writing them, because writing is something of a compulsion with me, an essential component of a rich and worthwhile life. But sharing was a vulnerability that I couldn’t always face.
There’ve been times when I’ve been a little more serious about sharing my writing publicly, and each of these has brought me a degree of success.
And every time before this, I’ve backed off, after getting just a taste of what might be awaiting me.
I was ready to dip in my toes, but not to immerse myself in those waters.
Something’s been changing – and that short story in an actual anthology is a step along the path of that change. That I submitted, and that I’ve been open about having my story accepted…and that I’m sharing my story, and World Unknown Review, rather than ducking my head and pretending nothing much has happened.
But, more – I’m not running away to hide, this time. Instead, I’m making a commitment to do even more, submit more, write and revise more, say more about this accomplishment.
Reading my words on my Kindle was a trip – reading them in a book I can hold in my hands even more so. It’s a dream I’ve had, to write, and have it published, and to be paid for what my imagination held.
This is the beginning…my personal transformation. Like all such changes, it’s not likely to be instant (especially since I’ve been writing for nearly 40 years, now!), or effortlessly smooth. There’s likely to be distractions, and wrong turns, and rough patches, and dry spells along the way.
That’s all right.
I know where I’m going, and I’m learning how to get there.
Have you had the chance to read your words in a book, or fulfill some other life-long dream? Has that become matter-of-fact, for you? Is it still a dream that seems far off? Unattainable?
Do you have a plan, and the faith that dedication will help to carry you there? Can you take one tiny step, today, to bring that dream to life?
I promise you, it will be worth the effort, when your dream becomes your reality!