Thursday, December 2, 2010

Twenty Questions: Follow That Dream!

My question for today comes from my friend and fellow blogger, Gypsy Jo, who writes here.

Do you have a dream that you haven't followed yet?

Before I answer, I'd like to say that it's my firm belief that if we stop having dreams, we die. I don't know anyone, no matter how old or how fulfilling their life is or has been, who doesn't still have a dream of some kind.

Yes, Jo. I have a dream I haven't followed yet, more than one. I'm also sure I have dreams I haven't yet dreamed.

The Big Dream that I've been ignoring is writing. Yes, I know. I write every day. But. I want to write a book. It's there, all in my head, the concept, the characters, several chapters even. I'm often asked when I'm going to write a book. I'm often asked if I've been published. Alas. Then I get asked, "Well... what's stopping you?!"

Me. As usual, I'm stopping me. It's not fear, not any more. It's a matter of taking the time to write. It's a matter of discipline and consistent commitment. It will happen. I'm just not quite there yet. Ah, but I'm so much closer than I've been before.

I've thought about self-publishing some of my artwork and favorite blog posts and poetry, but... eh, I don't know. I mean, it's all here for free, isn't it? Who'd pay for that?!

By the way, I do have a poem published in New Art Review's book Seek Truth, available here.

There's a book in me just waiting to happen. That's the Big Dream that I've yet to follow.

And there's a little dream... almost more of a niggling idea rather than a dream. I have this funny notion that I'd someday like to open a coffee/bakeshop/art gallery/book shop type of place where bean seeking cerebral types will come to hang out and spend tons of money.

Who knows what dreams may come...?


  1. How about making writing that book your intention for 2011? And I think the coffee/artshop etc idea is a brilliant one & one I share.

  2. I'd read your book, and I'd come to your store. This is what I've seen as the best advice from every author out there: "Just sit down for some time (decided by you) every day, and write. Doesn't matter if it's good, you can fix it later. Just write. If the timer goes off, and you're not done, keep going. Do it every day." And there you have it, the advice that I haven't followed either. I'll cheer you on! (Then you cheer me on)


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