There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
Don’t you love Thackeray’s middle name? Of course, I would edit this quote—We discover a myriad of inner thoughts when we take up our pens and write.
August 15, 2013. A faithful friend e-mailed me with a TA DA this morning. And why? Today, Catching Up With Daylight releases in e-book—in three months, we’ll have the print version, but some folks have already downloaded the manuscript to their Kindles.
Recently someone shared a theory about the struggle within a cocoon. The imaginal cell, destined to emerge as a butterfly, comes into its own through tremendous opposition. This cell sits in the cocoon’s soup, where all other cells attempt to kill it—it’s as if the caterpillar resists transformation into a beautiful winged creature.
But the imaginal cell multiplies, to eventually overcome and dart over the countryside.
Every published work has a history, from conception to release. The origin lies in ideas—the imaginal cells that flood our minds. Why do we receive them? And how? That’s a topic for debate, but what we do with them is what matters.
Catching Up With Daylight began with a few essays in 2004 when my husband and I moved into our present home. The manuscript endured its share of bumps on an uphill road replete with wonderings, doubts, and fears. But like a human being, it now enters the world.
The editors saw something worthy here. And my neighbor, an avid reader, writes:
Not one word of your book is intended to give pain. It is a release and a statement of hope and moving forward. You bloom when you sit at the typewriter. The rest is in God’s hands. You wrote for a positive reason and God is smiling.
I need to focus on that smile. But it’s good to be reminded of what I did with what came into my thoughts. We each hold responsibility for that.
My motivation is to encourage readers on their journeys. And I’ve found that transparency concerning one’s own path provides the most solid support for others.
So here it is. Here we go. And as my neighbor said, the rest is in God’s hands. Another quote enlightened me today, from Myrlie Evers, Medgar Evers’ wife. I want to adopt her attitude.
I have reached a point in my life where I understand the pain and the challenges; and my attitude is one of standing up with open arms to meet them all.
Along the way, friends have nurtured, believed in, and blessed me. Others have challenged, broadened, and helped to hone my perspective. I could pen quite a list. But I won’t—you know who you are, and I’m filled with gratitude.
If Catching Up With Daylight brings you pleasure, encouragement, or motivation, I’d love to hear from you.
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Congratulations Gail! You should be proud of your achievement. So many good writers intend ‘to write that book’, but lose steam when the going gets tough. I’m glad you persevered, and I know all your readers will be, too. Standing ovation! 🙂
Thank you Kristin. It was great to meet you in OK. How is your writing coming along this summer?
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