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Finished … My Book

There is a scene in the beginning of the movie, ‘Romancing The Stone’, when the introverted female lead finishes typing the last page of her book, then launches into a celebration. That involved putting cat food onto a china dish for her feline room mate and pouring herself an airplane mini bottle of drink. Then, when she finished her glass, throwing it into the fireplace to shatter into little pieces, with a satisfied look on her face.

I remember watching this scene and being really impressed. By what? I can’t say if it was one thing in particular that made me think the writer, ‘had it made’. She had her own apartment in New York city and she lived alone, except for her cat. She made a living writing books. She liked to celebrate with a little of the hard stuff, but not too much. She could work in her pajamas in the evening and no one could say that she had to turn up to an office and sit in a cubicle. Her editor boss was really cool and nice to her.

Here I am, over 30 years have passed and I finished my third book on Sunday. Besides not being Kathleen Turner starring in a movie opposite Michael Douglas, the task of completing a book with the dramatic flourish of the last words, is not as easy as it seems in the movies. I’m done the first draft of writing. Still a major accomplishment, but there is much left to do. Endless editing, which will result in a number of drafts. Then I’ll print 12 copies and give these away for people to use, read and give me feedback. More revisions will come and then maybe, search for a publisher. Or self-publish, which is far easier.

I have written my book while riding the bus to work for the better part of a year. Actually I finished my travel book first, taking me half of the year and then moved on. Lots of weekends were spent deeply engrossed in research. It is much different to write something which is a commentary of facts, instead of my view on life as we planned for travel and then got out there. This time, I wanted to organize how I am ‘creating a life I don’t need a vacation from’. Of course that is a personal journey, but wherever possible I wanted to include resources for readers to use in their own journey.

My ideas for the most recent book also forms the basis of the CreaSpaTreat experience. So all the while I have been planning what the creativity retreat will look like, as well writing. I have created an opportunity to engage with the material by adding activities and journal prompts. I want the reader to feel like they are entering a mini retreat, just by reading and recording their own personal thoughts.

Nothing like a deadline to kick me into action, as the first CreaSpaTreat is coming up fast on September 20-22, 2019. A year ago, I stood in front of a room full of strangers and declared that I was going to host a creativity retreat for women in September of 2019. It was a big goal, but I am successfully making my way through the to-do list. Now that I have completed the first draft of the workbook, designing the specific sessions can be completed in more detail.

I walked down memory lane a couple of months ago, watching ‘Romancing The Stone’. I had a different impression this time. The scene with the author in the beginning didn’t leave me feeling the same way as it had when I was still a young adult. Instead of focusing on all that the author had and wishing it for myself, it was curious to note all she didn’t have. I can happily say that I have an amazingly rich life, filled with people who I love and cherish. Where I live doesn’t matter as long as they are with me. Time and travel have been great teachers and changed my perspective.

If you should find yourself with an open diary on September 20-22, 2019, or if you know someone who might enjoy attending CreaSpaTreat in White Rock, BC – pass the details along! There are a few tickets left and it is going to be a really fun!

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