Where Does Your Publication Dream Sit?
Yesterday was a library kind of day. It was hot out and the boys had baseball camp in the afternoon. The kids needed to get their summer reading underway so to the air-conditioned library we went. I also wanted to peruse the New Fiction shelf. I told myself I could check out just one book (found Seré Prince Halverson’s book The Underside of Joy) and then slowly I inched my way deeper into the shelves, one foot casually placed in front of the other, until I found myself in the R-T Fiction section.
I wasn’t looking for another book so much as I was looking to see where “my book” would sit if it was published. Not that it is written yet. I am in second draft phase, which according to my current writing pace, will be completed in three years. To torture myself further, along with my dream tucked in my back pocket, I come to the library to see where my “new” place on the shelf is located. Not that I have an old place but where my non-existent book would be rotates quite a bit as new books are welcomed and old books are gently escorted to the used bookstore located in the front of the library.
I received an added thrill today when I found my spot. I am always located in front of Kim Sawyer and until Ingrid Sawyer or Tim Saverin publish before me, Kim will be holding my place in line. My children by this time had found me (damn!) and I showed them where Mommy’s book would be if it was published.
Then, I turned around and said, “My friend Erika’s book will be…,” I paused as I scanned the shelf behind me for the R-O-B’s, “right here.” I sighed. For if my book was published as hers was soon to be, our books would be directly across from each other in the same aisle.
To demonstrate here is my green notebook that holds my book outline on the left. And on the right is the ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of Erika Robuck’s book.
Our books would’ve been aisle buddies if mine was done and published. I imagine waving at each other from across the worn Berber carpeted aisle. Our books would chat about our neighbors and if we had met (read) them yet. We would cough while whispering each other’s book names to nearby library patrons contemplating their next read. We would be such good shelfriends.
This is my nerdy book dream. How surreal would it be to be “this close” to a dear friend that has inspired me and continues to do so in her relentless pursuit of her dreams? Our book dreams are what we roll around in day after day, desperately trying to keep its scent firmly adhered to our person. I guess this is my way of keeping the stink on.
By the blessing of surname, I hope to someday sit upon the shelf near this dear friend. Books will come and go and even though our places upon the library/bookshelves will always be in motion, like waves lapping the shore, she will always be near. Thank you E for your inspiration and friendship and for all of the other writers that I hope to share a shelf with someday.
- Have you looked for your place among the library/bookstore shelves?
- Who is in front of you? Behind?
- Does dreaming of book publication get in the way of your writing or does it kick your butt into gear?
- Raise your hand if you think I may be on a creepy patron watch list at my local library.
For those of you with your own book dreams (published or not), take a picture of “your place” at your local library or bookstore. Post it on your own blog/web site. Frame it!
Then post the link to your photo in the comments! I would love to see where to look for you someday!