I dabbled in photography, jewelry making, and scrapbooking. And in blogging, writing, and speaking. And much more. I loved it all. But nothing hung with me for the long run.
Also, I took a stab at writing a few children's books. But, none of the attempts went very far.
Until one night in July 2011.
My husband and I had spent the weekend at Martha's Vineyard having a kid-free, truly magical time. It was one of those times...
You know the kind - the times that you never want to forget....the moments that you wish you could bottle up and save forever. Those moments that are meant to savor!
That night, I cuddled up with my husband and I dozed off to sleep. It was a restless night. All night long, I dreamt myself awake with visions of writing a children's book called "Moments to Savor." My dreams and waking thoughts were filled words weaved into rhymes, scenarios, and characters.
In the morning, I knew, I needed to write the book.
In the months that followed, I wrote. And tweaked. And scratched out. And rewrote.
Then, I dared to allow a few people to read it. I got feedback.
Some peeps were encouraging.
Some were not.
Many times, I put it away, discouraged and disappointed. But, the book would always creep back into my thoughts. And I would return to it.
To Write. And, Rewrite. Tweak and Re-Tweak.
And then I dared to send the manuscript to publishers.
And I waited. And waited.
And waited...for that one person to see its brilliance and say "YES!".
Instead, I saw rejection letters.
Again, I put it away.
I was completely
D I S C O U R A G E D!
So, I moved on.
Randomly, I signed up for a doddle class. And began to doddle.
A little bit of this and a little bit of that...
and, it was fun!
And one day I began to wonder... "Could I illustrate my book?"
Tentatively, I pulled my book back out AGAIN and dared myself to draw some illustrations.
So, I began to draw.
I drew enough to have a rough draft of my book.
And, so, this is where it currently stands...
I am doing the finals edits and turning my drawings into final illustrations.
Because, I am double-dog-daring myself to publish Moments to Savor by the end of 2013!