What a journey it has been! From the first moment I became inspired to actually developing the idea and then finally putting pen to paper until the day the book finally arrived it has been a labor of love.
My life has certainly been a journey. This book is the first of a journey I hope to take into the world of authorship. I already have an idea for another non-fiction book and also an idea for a novel as well as a novel already in first draft form. Who knows where this journey will go or if this is the end of the road for this dream. All I know for certain is I’m not going to get in my way. I’ve done it! I had the idea and ran with it and I couldn’t be happier.
Yes, I did want to quit and scrap the whole project at various times. But I kept reminding myself why I got started writing this book in the first place. I wanted to create a product that would be a road-map for people to guide a journey. Each of our journeys is very personal, but all very similar. We all have dreams and it is what we do with our dreams that matters. It is that tiny difference that makes all the difference in our lives.
Three years ago I wasn’t doing anything to go after my dreams. Today it is what I live for.
Ultimately it is up to you. I’m not looking for the glory. It’s all yours. I did this for you. I see unlimited potential in people I meet and I want the best for you.
“What have you done today to achieve your dreams?” Not happy with your answer…? Remember: Anything is Possible.
I was in a local bookstore in Mason City, Iowa, and found this scene ironic. On the top is a book about President Clinton’s failure and just below is a book about the awesomeness that was President Reagan.
(Each Friday, I will post a recent photo.)
The book The Noticer garnered huge press when it came out and I can clearly see why. Andy Andrews creates a story that it touching and forced me to think about my own life and the people in it. The Noticer focuses on the concept of perspective and how when a person is in the thick of things, they often lack it. It’s tough to find it and often you need, “a noticer” to help sort things out.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was quite an easy read, which I enjoy even more. The story was compelling and told in a manner that was easy to follow. It is tough when there are two main characters, Andy and Jones, but Andy does such a nice job of merging the two characters.
My biggest struggle with the book, and maybe it is just me, but the concept is very simplistic in its presentation, but it is much deeper. I know it’s not a self-help book, but it would be much more academically applicable if there was more opportunity for discussion and reflection. Even with the study guide at the end, I found the application of the concepts to be the biggest disappointment.
Either way, I do recommend the book to you because I am still digesting the lessons taught.
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Over the last year as I’ve been writing and working on this book, I’ve had countless people say that either they or someone they know has always wanted to write a book. I admire that because I was once one of those people. Of course, if you know me, I still want to tackle the fiction genre at some point as well. There are a lot of steps that a writer must take in the creation of a new work.
First, an idea must be born. Then the idea must be fleshed out and sometimes flushed down the toilet. At no time is it easy. Then the idea must be turned into a lot of words… and I mean a lot! Then those words are deleted to the ever growing heap pile of passive verbs and then sentences, paragraphs and sometimes entire pages are re-written.
I had to re-write a whole chapter of Anything is Possible! In fact that’s what this photo is of. The night of editing Chapter 8, I worked until the early morning hours and tried to hand write some thoughts at the end of the night, only to not be able to read them the next morning.
I haven’t even touched on the publishing process which is many many posts worth of information. I’ll just say I learned a lot, got rejected and still found a way to finish this project in a way I am proud of.
After all this work and all the time and energy, the blood, sweat and tears (okay, maybe not blood), the book needed a cover. Nathanael worked for hours trying to find the right cover for me. But as the writer, the artist, I knew what I wanted and we couldn’t find it. Then came the turtle. Within a day of seeing it I knew it was perfect.
I will say this, the stress was absolutely worth it. It was worth it because it was the fulfillment of a dream. And I believe any dream you have and keep dreaming is a dream worth chasing.