3rd of February. How embarrassing. That's the date of my last blog posting. No, it hasn't been because I've been traipsing across the world, exploring another culture. The truth is that I'm been hiding in my studio - head down, tush up - completing my book, "Losing Sight Of The Shore."
What's it about? As with all my other books, it's in the travel genre. It's a collection of travel tales, thoughts, musings, “AHA” moments and lessons learnt along the way as I navigate the globe and different stages of my tumultuous life. Written in the form of a travel journal, I take the reader through my multicultural beginnings in Manila, the traumatic events that shaped me (all of which involved travel, of course), and my various adventures and misadventures around the world.
Is it good reading? Yep, I think so. Humorous, irreverent and riveting in parts, its got its sad and tragic moments too, even a bit of the mundane. A bit like real life, really. A bit of a roller coaster ride.
When I get asked why I like to publish, my answer is simple. I'm a story teller. I like to inform as well as entertain. I've written the sort of book that I personally would like to take to the beach, or a long vacation. While I love to read novels, I think real life stories are better. And as every picture tells a story, so a destination a tale for every traveler.
When is it out? It hasn't been edited yet. Not for another 3 weeks. All things going well, it should be up on Amazon at the end of April.
What was my biggest challenge? Dealing with my fears and self doubt, hands down. I'm not a procrastinator, so I never had a problem with consistently working on the book everyday. I'm organized to a fault and make sure that I tick every single solitary box on my 'to do' list at the end of each day: Cover Design, tick. Introduction, tick. Book structure, tick. But facing my fears? That's a Herculean task. You see, there is nothing quite so frightening as the writing of a book, particularly one that deals with one's personal life. You bare your soul and leave yourself open to scrutiny and judgment. And the more honest the book, the more vulnerable one becomes.
If you'd like me to give you a bit of a nudge when the book is available, do drop me a line.
In the meantime, have a Happy Easter and I hope that the Easter Bunny is good to you!