I’ve been keeping mostly to myself this summer because it’s been an especially busy one this year. I’ve been packing to get ready for our move, which should happen in a few weeks. We are in closing stages now on our home in Florida. I’ve also been doing a lot of self-reflection work to help clear myself to be more beneficial as a Reiki healer and to be a more balanced person over all. The other major project I’ve been working on is a book that is near and dear to my heart, mostly because it is a large part of my heart–it is one of my very special journals that I’ve been writing in for quite some time.
A Writer’s Wings took years to write, but it was done little bits at a time as any journal is written. I spent a large part of April, May, and June of this year transferring my journal entries into a digital file. Then I spent July working on formatting, layout, and illustrations to place in the book to make it a little more eye-catching. I’ve been working on the cover off and on since April, but it’s only been the last week I’ve buckled down to get it finished.
I have a 11×17 image of the butterfly you see across the front of the cover hanging over my desk in my office. I created the graphic years ago, because I decided I needed something very personal and meaningful to inspire me as I wrote. In fact, as I was brainstorming cover ideas for Writer’s Wings I kept looking up at that image over my desk. After a while a light came on in my befuddled brain and I realized the image was exactly what I needed for the cover, since Writer’s Wings is all about inspiration.
This book is one hundred percent me. I did it all from the writing (besides the quotes and exerts of course), formatting, the illustrations inside, to the cover outside. The only things I’ve left to someone else to do is the editing and proofreading, which I have two amazing ladies lined up to do that for me.
In fact, the book is being edited right now and so has been officially kicked into the final publishing stages. Though this book will not be fully completed until after our move to Florida, as I have a few more entires to write. Even still, I am aiming to have A Writer’s Wings published by the middle of September. This of course all depends on how smoothly our move goes, but right now that is the plan.
Until then, hopefully you will enjoy looking at this beautiful cover like I have. It’s been a lot of fun working on this project and I am very excited to see it in it’s final stages, especially since I wasn’t even sure for a while I wanted to go through with this. But ultimately, I decided that having this published is important. It’s a step that needs to be taken in my personal evolution. My hope is that perhaps this journal too will help someone else like it helped me.