I bought a new notebook today. I’m usually very comfortable typing when I write, but I got a nostalgic yearning to put pen to paper. I don’t know if it’s just a summer mood – but I really needed to feel the nib of my pen digging into a virgin sheet of paper. It’s quite remarkable really – what was once a blank piece of paper now holds some of the thoughts in my head. They’re usually stuck up there, although they do occasionally run right out of my mouth.
I have several friends now who are well “ahead” of me in the writing game. Really – I’m lucky to know a number of very inspirational women authors who are in various stages of the writing process.
Elly Lonon is shopping her first book – A cancer memoir. I’ve been privileged to read a snippet and if you follow me on social media, you’ve likely seen some of her work as I’m one of her biggest fans. This new book is going to rock the world. I’m so proud to know her.
Beth Teliho – who I haven’t actually laid eyes (or hands) on outside of the virtual world- is writing her second book. I confirmed the first (Order of Seven) so quickly (or maybe it consumed me) – but it left me wanting to read more. I’m anxious to read this latest tome. She’s advised that she’s head down right now, keeping out of the distractions of social media and staying in the “now” so she can focus on her goal.
My favorite (who I have laid eyes and hands on – and not in a biblical way), is Foxy Kathryn Leehane. She’s brilliant and funny and charming and I wish I could have just tucked her into my suitcase and kept her in my attic. But she probably wouldn’t be able to write the fantastic book she’s working on right now if I had…so it’s all working out.I also have several friends who have passed the actual writing stage and published a very real book of their own.
Kristen Mae released her novel Beyond the Break last month, and I’ve heard tale that it’s already breaking records. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but I’m told it’s very steamy. I’m saving it for summer vacation by the pool (so I can cool down if it heats me up).
And Meg Sanity (who does go by her real name now that she’s a published author – but who I’ll never be able to call “Meghan”) – she’s written a psychological thriller that I’m also anxious to rip into. I’m told that Famished is very hard to put down once you’ve started. Once school is done it’s top of my list (I still have to write my final exam).
There’s also a new People I Want to Punch in the Throat anthology. Jen Mann has curated an incredibly talented group of writers for I Just Want to Be Perfect. The essays within look at the cult of perfection we’ve created – and how hot mess mom’s are trying to strive to achieve it. In the book you’ll find essays from Deva Delporto (mylifesuckers), Kim Bongiorno, Lola Lolita (from Sammiches and Psych Meds), Allison Herzig (The Shitastrophy), Nicole Leigh Shaw, Jennifer Lizza (Outsmarted Mommy), and Jessica Azar (Herd Management). And yes – I’ve met a number of these ladies in the flesh (how lucky am I?)
And I mustn’t forget Zelda Sydney (Illustrated Wine), who has illustrated the Wine World Colouring Book (she’s Canadian if you’re wondering about the extra “u”). I got a copy of the book a couple of months ago, and then my life exploded. I haven’t actually had a chance to color in it – but as I flipped through, I was inspired by the beautiful illustrations. This is another book I’ll be taking it with me on vacation. It will be nice to sit out on the deck with a glass of wine and color with the kids.
In short – my friends, both real and invisible, have been doing amazing things and have inspired me so much. I’m so proud of all of them and I’m going to continue to try and lift them up! As I do so – they’re inspiring me to reach out to my own dreams. Which…as I’m looking at them…may eventually include penning my own book.
What about you? What are your dreams? Who inspires you?
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