Sunday, September 26, 2010


It is very interesting all this final editing. I am on my 3rd attempt. But it has been worthwhile. My concern has always been to bring this really good story into present time context. I have been thinking of that for a while. On the evening of the 23rd I went to bed asking for the answer. I don't get many answers in dreams but I was hopeful. RIding up to an art event with a friend of mine on the 24th , we were discussing this situation, and she asked some really pertinent question surrounding why was I doing this and what was my intention.

Hmmm. then all of a sudden it hit! My intention in sharing this story is to encourage the reader to release all they are not and develop who they are meant to be. That's what happened to me, and to Jill only we didn't know it at the time. But I guess I did to a certain degree when I mentioned to Chris in Crete that the woman he knew was not here anymore.

To see this adventure as an archetypal story is clear in hindsight but as I said not when we were living it. There were so many challenges that we/I lived through which makes it all very interesting....

Monday, September 20, 2010

It came in the mail!

I got home this afternoon and there was a box in the mail from Amazon. I thought it was the book I ordered for a friend. When I opened it up, it was Journeys!!!!. Well, that was fun! Now I guess it all gets going. The book looked good, except it was a bit squashed from the packaging. It wasn't packed as well as Amazon usually packs its books. If I could change the whiteness of the back cover I would...not sure if I can. So now the secret part of the story gets out in the world. I'm ok with it.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


It has been a fun girls weekend, dinner at a lovely restaurant on Friday night resulted in a toast to Journeys coming out in the world, We didn't think we were that loud but the tables all around us got involved. Some were voracious readers and when they found out what Journeys was all about... they wanted to buy it!
That was fun! Home tonight and tomorrow I will figure out how to upload it to Kindle.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Today, I finally did it, I clicked enter twice and sent my manuscript up to Createspace and to Amazon's DPT site. From the time I decided to take my manuscript out of the closet till now has been at least a month. And the manuscript was all done. An updated Introduction, and Epilogue brought it into present tense. Then hours of research as to how to do this outside of the traditional method which I attempted the first time. I believe It would have gone eventually had it not been for 9/11 and the fear and anxiety that ensued for years. I have to admit, I did forget about it, too. I always knew that there would be a someday, but I thought it would have to be on my deathbed or something, 'oh before I go, let me tell you this great story'. I am way too superstitious to have created that, and I didn't want to spend the energy necessary in that place. Hopefully it would have been fiction and that would have screwed up a non fiction story.

Thank you to Elizabeth Gilbert and Eat Pray Love. It's appeal demonstrated to me that there was now interest. So the next Journey began. And the biggest thing was that my dear husband who has put off reading this for all these years, now that it is going out in the world, he is reading it. I never realized how much anxiety was harboring in the anticipation of this event. As a friend said, it was like I was pushing a rock up a hill for all these years, and someone just took it away.

We had the conversation we should have had nine years ago, last week. And it is all good. We admit that we are not the same people now that we were then, fortunately we have grown. He is a wonderful man in that did not object to my telling the story as it was. I couldn't or wouldn't have changed anything anyhow, cause there was consequences to everything that happened. His vulnerability as we had the overdue conversation was endearing... and here we are, still together.

Back to the details of a POD book. It is not easy but it is doable with either the know how, or the friends and associates who know how to do the things that I don't

The train has left the station.... let's see where it goes.