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JusJoJan Day 8: Reading My Dream

Jottin’ Through January!

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!

Me, with a literary review I’m published in!

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.

My name – and my story – in print!

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.

Electronic dream come true!

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!

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I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

14 thoughts on “JusJoJan Day 8: Reading My Dream

  1. Congrats, not there yet and I’m looking forward to it, excitement mixed with a little fear. 🙂 It’s exhilarating.

    1. Thanks, and sorry it took so long to answer. I’m trying to keep up with the delightful comment avalanche, but beginning to suspect I may need a St. Bernard to come dig me out!

      It took a long time to get the courage to really extend myself this way. “excitement mixed with a little fear.” That captures it perfectly.

      May you get there soon! +D

  2. The first time I saw my words in electronic form and print, I was in awe. The last time, I was also in awe. And all the books in between. Because it never gets old. I don’t want it to.

    You know, I seriously considered writing a story for World Unknown Review, but I’ve found that L.S. and I, although good friends, don’t seem to read the same books. So I wasn’t sure I would have what she was looking for. I’m getting ready to start the book today, and I’ll get a better idea of what she was wanting from the submissions. I might give it a try next year. 🙂

    1. You are a part of that success, Syl! The last revision was done in your living room, after trick-or-treating. =)

      Lise took the pictures for me while we were celebrating the half-birthday. Her happy lunching pictures will be out on Sunday.

      I’ve got lots of projects filling up my imagination, my laptop, and my day planner, so this is the threshold…

      A little scary-wonderful…and I have a copy for you! =D

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