There’s something huge on the horizon for me. Lately, “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story has been my personal anthem, because I can relate to Tony’s excitement about the huge changes in store for the future.
There’s something due any day;
I will know right away,
Soon as it shows.
It may come cannonballing down through the sky,
Gleam in its eye,
Bright as a rose!
Something is coming, and it’s coming fast. It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time, but I’m finally buckling down and making it happen.
It’s only just out of reach,
Down the block, on a beach,
Under a tree.
I got a feeling there’s a miracle due,
Gonna come true,
Coming to me!
This thing is huge. Massive. For me, it’s pretty panic inducing but also thrilling beyond words. No–it’s not a pregnancy. Let me clear that up real quick. But it is a ‘baby’ of sorts.
Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something’s coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something’s coming, I don’t know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!
The difference between me and my pal Tony is that I know what my ‘something’ is. I’ve sat and rolled it over and over in my mind, I’ve listened to it pounding on my heart for years. But now I’m ready to take this concept and shape it into reality.
I’m writing a book. A novel, to be precise, the first in a series. It’s called Echaria Rising, and it follows a young woman on a quest to find and fulfill her destiny. Along the way, she meets a colorful cast of characters, and faces both inward and outward struggle. As far as the setting, think King Arthur meets Narnia meets Lord of the Rings. The umbrella genre is considered Fantasy, but it falls squarely into the more specific sub-genres of High Fantasy and Epic Fantasy.
It’s a huge undertaking, on top of everything else I’ve got going on in my life. I need this kind of commitment like a bird needs a bicycle, but it’s something I’ve been dreaming of forever. I’ve been putting it off for years, because I’ve been afraid to fail. So in my fear of failure, I never even started. But that is changing. I was inspired by a quote I read, and it got me off my butt (and at my computer, on my butt) to plan out and write this story.
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” -Joseph Chilton Pearce
Before the end of 2017, I will have a complete manuscript that has been edited and proofread several times, and it will be ready for submission. Publication is, of course, the ultimate goal here. I can write a book and have it sit on my computer, never exposed to the light of day. But what good is that? No, I’m aiming for bigger. In 2018, I hope to be published.
Even typing that is a bit of a headrush. Published. Me. It’s all a bit surreal.
I know I can do this. I have an incredible support system of family who believes in my goals, and several good friends who I know I could probably bribe into reading the book once it’s out. For me, this isn’t about sales, or landing on the bestseller list. Would that be beyond incredible? Absolutely. But right now, my goal is publication, and getting a handful of people to get a copy of my book on their shelves.
I’ll be posting periodic updates here as I complete various portions of the process, starting with the most arduous task of all–getting this story out of my head and onto paper. Wish me luck!