Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Book 1 is Published and There's a Lot More To Do

JACK McAFGHAN is now up and published. The night my beloved dog Jack died, it interrupted everything in my life. My father died the following day. As I learned to live with the losses, I put everything else in my life on hold, including a book that had taken many years to write. My grief took priority. It took hold of me and it wouldn't let go...until I did something with it.



Over five years ago I began writing a story of unrequited love. It is the true story of my life, exposed. I tried to learn as much as I could about the man I loved but in the long run, I really only learned about myself. In my upcoming book "It's All About You," I share glimpses into the innocent, and sometimes ignorant, woman I was as I tried to make him everything to me. I learned that we all do this to an extent, in our desperation to have the love we think we want. We can put a great deal of energy into it and creatively pull out all the stops, to make something happen. 


When something is meant to happen, it will happen easily. Love cannot be forced. Love cannot come at the wrong time. The right person cannot come into your life if you are in love with the wrong person. As I put the finishing touches on "Jack McAfghan", I pick up "It's All About You" and begin writing again. After all, I have also learned that an author cannot write or finish a book until it's the right time to do it.

My beloved Jack has been gone for less than a year but, as I return to the book I was writing before he left, I find that I am a different kind of author. I am a different person. I am much more authentic. I have learned that there is only one space after a sentence, not two! We grow through our losses and we become much more than we ever were before. 

Jack and Me

It almost makes it worth losing him to have gained this. Anyone who has ever loved an animal will love JACK McAFGHAN. Anyone who has ever pursued a man or a woman will identify with "It's All About You".  Life is the school and love is the lesson. It's all about all of us really. We are all here together and we are all learning the same lessons.  We are all learning to love. 

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