Good morning, folks! (Isn’t it funny how you can write words that you wouldn’t actually say? Seriously, I would never call people ‘folks‘ <sigh>).
So obviously I still have a few things to do. The most important is to get the Illustrator Edition books off to Jane so she can sign them, and the second most important is to eat breakfast. Food is good!
So since I’ve only had one cup of tea (the other cup was left out from last night… oops!) I’m not going to ramble too much, and instead leave you with some first-cup-of-tea, morning-light-fuzziness photos.
So, I finally managed to get my first vlog done! Well… I sort of cheated, because it’s more a reading of chapters 1 & 2 in Lucy’s Story, and less of a video blog, but it’s my first time so I’m cutting myself some slack.
Now, this is a huge step for me. Public speaking is far from my forte, and I’m camera shy (when we watch our old home videos, you can see my dad trying to catch me on camera – as soon as I realise he’s here, I run away!).
Over the past few years, I’ve challenged myself to do more things outside of my comfort zone. Public speaking and being in front of the camera is so far away from my comfort zone that I’m taking little steps towards being able to confidently speak to an audience. In university, I chose assignments that involved a seminar or presentation, and thanks to my filmie friends have had a little experience in front of the camera. This year, I’ve even signed up to be an extra! Talk about pushing boundaries – whew.
So without further ado (because there’s been enough ado, methinks) here’s my first vlog! I’m aiming to get a few more up before launch day this Saturday, and then do vlogs regularly – hopefully once a fortnight at least, but we’ll see how things go.
Please do let me know your thoughts on the video, as I’m super nervous about it! What did you like? What could I improve on?
As my Twitter peeps know, I struggled with choosing the dedicatee for my upcoming book, Lucy’s Story: The End of the World. The first book, What Stars Are Made Of was easy – Yvonne personified the message of the story with perfection that would be foolish to overlook; she helped me realise how beautiful life’s experiences are, and how to come out on top no matter what may befall us.
The Caretaker of Imagination was pretty easy as well. Without David encouraging me from the start, it would never have been written. It wasn’t that I couldn’t have done it without him – but in all honesty, I doubt I ever would have (at least, not yet).
But Lucy’s Story? In some ways, I wanted to dedicate it to the person I wished I could have been. Lucy was so many things that I did not see in myself as a 12-year-old and I have huge admiration for her. At fellow writer, Catherine Mede’s suggestion, I was inclined to dedicate the story to ‘kids all over the world – including the adult ones’. I liked that, but I still searched away in the back of my mind for someone who the story was really for.
And then it hit me. Ella was one of my earliest (and arguably my #1) reader, and gave me my very first review for The Caretaker of Imagination. She read Lucy’s Story: The End of the World very early on in the piece, and has been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement for me. In fact, when she finished reading it, told me how much she identified with Lucy’s character.
And so, my dedicatee: Ella, who is just a year older than Lucy, but every bit as weird, wonderful & awesome.
If you were to write a book, who would you dedicate it to? If you’ve already written a book (or books) who have you dedicated them to? Why?