I know, I know. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on my blog. 14 months to be exact. What happened to me? What have I been doing? Where did I go? You ask. Well, I guess the answer(s) could basically be: I’m still here, never left. But it seems life got in the way. Seems funny, since in my blog, I’ve written about my life. But, well, it seemed like life was pressing in too hard and I needed to back off – from my blog, not to mention other interests.
I’ve missed it. I’ve missed you! I hope you’re happy to see (read) me.
But I’m back. I’m motivated. And I have lots to share!
Today, though, I wanted to share my biggest news. I wrote a book!
The process, three years long, was certainly a huge factor in my ignoring my blog. There simply were not enough hours in the day!
I had this idea, and original documents and letters from the 1920’s to share the story. Writing about it was the easy part – for me. Writing for publication, however, not so easy. It’s a different world now, the 21st century, for publishing. And everyone, EVERYONE had a different point of view on how to write, not to mention publish. I listened and rewrote, and rewrote, and rewrote. I submitted and submitted and submitted. And quit. – for a year!
But I really knew, in the back of my mind and from the depths of my heart that God wanted me to write this story and to share it. His timing was amazing. Although why am I always amazed at His timing? That’s another story! 🙂
So anyway, I’ve learned so very much – about writing and about publishing. You know the saying “if I knew then what I know now. . .”. Yep, I totally agree. But, hey, at least I learned something in the process.
My hubby – my biggest supporter, by the way – occasionally mentions my next book. He then gets the evil stare as I say I never NEVER will do this again! But then I know, and he knows that God gave me the story and who’s to say He won’t give me another.
One of the things I hate the most, really hate, about publishing a book is the marketing. The selling of myself. My friend Becky tells me I must do this. So I do. I post on Facebook and my business Facebook, and Instagram and Twitter and, well of course, here – my blog.
I want to tell you about it because I think it’s a good read. But I can hear my father – now dead some 25 years – telling me in the background, “Stop drawing attention to yourself!”
I just hope somehow, by osmosis I suppose, that folks will find my book, read my book, love it and tell others. Thankfully, I’m not in it for the money but I realize there is a certain responsibility to get the word out myself.
So for those who are connected to me, not only in person, but on all my social media outlets, I am apologizing right now and asking you to forgive me as I seek to promote this book, time and time again.
Incidentally – about the book: Papa, Where Are You? is inspired by a true story about two young girls who, through no fault or choice of their own, were living through a six-year tumultuous time, including major lies and abandonment.
You can find it here and I’d so appreciate it if you take a gander. 🙂Amazon.com – book and kindle version
Papa, Where Are You? by PJ Easterbrook