Walk the Walk
|A smile a day, helps keep the nerves at bay|
During the last few months, I've been polishing and formatting my first e-book of short stories, which will be available on Amazon next week. The whole process has been exciting and I've learned a lot, but some days, frustration has risen to a whole new level. Why won't my contents page work the way I want it to? Why am I still finding typos at this late stage? Why do I have to use yet another program when I've paid for this one? Shall I use a pseudonym or not? Will readers enjoy my work? And so on...
Normal emotions, I'm sure. Perspective and a little distance can help calm the nerves, so out I went. There in the distance, a beautiful field of sunflowers bent their heads towards me and beckoned me to take a closer look. So I did.
|Walk this way|
Walking through this wild field of blooms (and pot holes), I realised that the slight imperfections of each flower added to its beauty. Nature is not meant to be perfect but appreciated and admired - flaws and all. This little fella is adorable, even though one of its ears is a bit wonky.
So, I will do my very best to format that contents page how I want it, finally rid the stories of the irritating typos, stop complaining about having to learn new computer skills and yes, for my short stories I will use the pseudonym of Tessa Castello - an Italian take on the meaning of my name Burggraf.
What has been the most frustrating part of the writing process for you?