The Big Announcement Is…A Book!January 16, 2013
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ~Ray Bradbury
I’ve kept you guys, my faithful readers, waiting long enough. After a much-needed trip away from home, I’m refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to go. I’ve already started my new job and gotten the new year off to a good start. Now it’s time for phase 2 of Operation 2013, which so happens to be…
…a book. A real one.
I wish I were kidding you guys. I’ve spent my entire life wanting to write a book, rationalizing why I could or couldn’t, aborting NaNoWriMos right and left. And I’ve come to a conclusion: the damn book won’t write itself. Nobody can get it done but me, which is what I plan to do.
The plan is simple. I’ll be writing the book live, without any editing or revision, live. Think of it as the Whose Line Is It Anyway? of books. This is strictly stream-of-consciousness, play it as it lies, warts-and-all stuff here. I can get it edited later.
“What is this book about?” you ask, and I’m glad you did. Its tentative title is Six Months to Life, for two reasons: my goal is to have a working manuscript done by my birthday in June (hence, six months) and also for the life-changing six months I experienced in 2010 following the devastating Nashville flood. I plan on telling the stories of my life in a (hopefully) fun and witty way as I randomly remember them. Again, this is strictly winging it…as it turns out there’s been a lot of that in my life. Don’t expect perfection or even chronological order. This is an Aspie’s biography we’re talking about.
So, yep, that’s it. I have no idea if and when this book will be published (at this point I don’t have an agent, a publisher, or even a clue) but that’s not the idea. This is an adventure and a true leap of faith for me. I’ll trust you, my readers, to be candid and open in any feedback you give. And yes, I will take every bit of it as advice, good or bad. I want your opinions; after all, you guys are the real reason I enjoy writing so much. I’ll also take suggestions for a better title if you can think of one (My Howling Mad Life, anyone?)
For the next five months and change P&Q time and space will be devoted almost entirely to this project. I am grateful in advance to everyone for understanding and for taking part, even in a small way, in this great adventure with me. I’m going to write a book…finally…and it couldn’t have happened without your ongoing support.
Look for the first chapter(s) soon with updates at least once a week!
All the best,
“Howling Mad” Heather
I’d love to hear from any published authors or self-published writers as I embark on this journey. Any tips you’d like to share? Advice to give?