I wonder if anyone else would do what I did. Actually, even I am stunned by my actions. Usually a cautious person, weighing the pros and cons, sometimes, however, I do things on the spur of the moment.
So it was this time. No research. No thinking things through. No consultation with fellow writers.
I was simply seized with panic.
Two years ago I lost my childhood friend and my cousin, and a high school friend and another cousin a year ago. It occurred to me that there wasn’t much time left.
Panic beyond belief. I was dying tomorrow. Something had to be done very quickly. A book of my poetry would be something to remember me by: something spiritual to pass on to my offspring.
Then Xlibris appeared on Facebook. I think it was Facebook, I can’t remember exactly. Talk about memory loss.
Panic. More and more panic.
I looked up Xlibris on the internet, registering my interest.
The next morning I got a phone call, you guessed it, from Xlibris, offering me a deal, a kind of De Lux package, which I politely declined. I knew what I wanted, just a Basic package with a possibility to include up to 25 photos. That deal was agreed to there and then, on the spot, on the phone, and within three days the agreement with Xlibris to publish my book was signed by me.
So here I am working on this project, thrown in at the deep end.
I’m planning to have the manuscript ready for submission by September.
You may call me crazy, I don’t mind.
But, please, wish me luck!
© 2014 Irina Dimitric
Good luck. Don’t worry, everything will be fine. Look forward to seeing the finished work.
Thank you so much for your kind words of support.
Good luck and may this be a “first of many” for you.
Very nice of you to say so. Thank you so much.
I understand those feelings. My own sister dying at age 43 back in 2003 generated much the same response for me. I immediately began writing for publication, no more novels and poems that sat quietly in my notebook, uh-uh, I wrote music features and reviews for *print*. I wanted to see my name as a byline.
This book of poetry will be a first for you, Irina, a first in a series. My best wishes!
We all know that death can come at any age, but we are still shocked when it takes someone as young as your sister. I read your beautiful poem about that loss, which then stimulated you to start writing for publication. It seems to me that we all want a bit of immortality. Your mentoring has been crucial in securing me a tiny spot in that quest.
Thank you so much, Susan, for teaching us, followers of your Mindful Poetry, to write form poetry and for all the encouragement you’ve given me, without which this book of poetry would never have been possible.
I’m so glad you’re doing this Irina.
Thanks you so much, Pam.
good on you crazy Irina. It’s definitely what you want to do but the circumstances made you realise it sooner and with more urgency. I can’t wait for you to finish your exciting new project! You don’t need luck. You are talented x
Your kind words make me feel better about my craziness! Thank you so much for your encouragement.
You have the talent, encouragement is all you need 🙂
Thanks, my friend. 🙂
Well good for you. I hope it is exactly what you hoped for.
Thank you so much for your support, Sue.
At the age of 71 I did much the same. Last night I submitted the second volume of a three-part memoir… after two months of “What if they say no?” Well, what if they do? I won’t die. So I sent it.
Thanks, Chuck, for your support. Good on you and best wishes for your second volume. I’ll have to check out your memoir.
I’m 79, a thoroughly modern granny! 🙂
Good for you, Chuck. A lot of people enjoy your memoirs.
It will be – amazing! Looking forward to reading it and seeing all those beautiful photos you have collected over years.
Thank you, Branka, for dropping by. I’m afraid you’ll see only 25 photos at the most. 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement.
I would and I am. I’m using CreateSpace. Have fun. Keep us abreast of developments.
Thanks so much for your understanding and encouragement, Doug. I’ll keep you posted.
Most assuredly wishing you luck. It will be wonderful!
Thanks, Sheila. Your encouragement is much appreciated.
Good luck Irina, I’m sure your book will be amazing! 🙂
Thank you so much for wishing me good luck. 🙂 Truly appreciated.
All the very best with the new project ahead…
It is no beautiful to work on something we like to do… It is a sort of renewal theat, isn´t it?.
Enjoy it, my friend. Let it be and let it flow 😉
Many hugs and best wishes, Aquileana 😛
Thank you for your encouragement, Aquileana. Most of the time it’s very enjoyable. The only time I’m tearing my hair out is when Microsoft Word doesn’t do what I want it to do. But I manage to work it out, often with my husband’s help, and then it’s fun again.
Hugs 🙂 Irina
Good luck Irina.
Thank you so much. 🙂
Wishing you luck and success.
Thank you so much, Jalal.