After months of writing, editing, rewriting, proofreading, prepping it for my designer, etc., my first e-book project is finally in the hands of BookBaby getting converted and ready to be distributed to 11 stores worldwide! I'm thrilled beyond words! To see a vision I had several years ago about gathering men and women together to talk with each other move from a year-long Meetup group to a finished book is an extraordinary experience. While I have finished a number of small creative projects, this is my first completed book. The recent PDF release of Blessed Madness isn't quite the same since the writing was originally done as blog posts. THIS book is different! THIS book was written from start to finish with no delays or procrastination or resistance. THIS book was written entirely while living nomadically in cafes up and down the west coast. The completion of it is almost more important than anything else: I broke through a decades-long habit of starting lots of viable creative projects, and leaving them half or three-quarters finished. and moving onto something new.
This time I needed to finish. It was long overdue. I needed to show myself that I could do it and that it was worth doing. I learned that "not finishing" has blocked so much of my creative energy and now that I've demonstrated that it's possible, I have the confidence to bring my other creative projects to completion. It's really not that difficult. Only the mind makes it so.
I've officially turned my old habit upside-down and now the floodgates are open and pouring forth the energy to keep creating and finishing. It's exhilarating! I've been so madly in love with the process of creating that I didn't want to take the time to make my work sellable or suitable for public consumption. I guess I kind of believed my work would lose something in the process of editing and revising. I had grown so accustomed to the fluidity of blogging and journaling and playwriting that writing a non-fiction book seemed as though it would be too much work.
It was quite the opposite.
I discovered that I simply had to get out of the way and my Muse was right there to help me every step of the way. My Muse was so happy with how much I was showing up to write that I found myself totally supported by the momentum of the work. It was never an effort or a struggle and I somehow always knew what to do next. The whole thing has had that meant to be feeling, and as a result, it's been really healing for me as a writer.
This is now the only way I ever want to write anything, whether play or book or blog piece. When the Muse is happy, everything flows. It's like having the best dance partner in the world. The two of you just fly around the dance floor, never looking down or thinking about the steps or where your feet should be.
You just KNOW. That is pure, unadulterated joy!
Now that It Takes Two to Know One is with BookBaby, I feel like a father in the delivery room. All I can do is wait with anticipation. I've done my part and soon this baby will be launched into the world. Like any good parent, I'll be there nurturing it and helping it grow, until it can stand on its own.
I'm already gearing up to edit another book I've got sitting on my computer in draft form; my Muse is patiently waiting in the wings to take me for a spin.