For Tuesday, May 3, 2016:
“When we stop fearing failure, we start being artists.”
As much as I gripe and complain about the prevalence of technology and too many devices in today’s world, I am grateful that I have lived long enough to experience the good things it makes possible in our lives. This blog, for instance, and your presence were not possible only a few comparatively short years ago. Who knew then that we could be friends with people from around the country and the world even if we never meet in person?
Today I am especially thankful because I can see my little novella take shape and come into fruition right before my eyes on a screen. I think, too, of so many others who have found followings and publication in all the arts through the different platforms, media, and markets that technology has generated.
When I was a fledgling, I couldn’t have imagined the possibilities. I dreamed of them, and hoped, but even as I kept writing towards my goal, they always seemed so, so far away. The older I got, the more my hopes turned toward the prayer that maybe my writings would be found and published posthumously at least (though I also apologized in my heart for anyone who had to go through all my desk drawers, file cabinets, canvas bags, and boxes under the bed to do so!).
Raised in the traditional literary and publication world as I was, it took me a long while to delve into the electronic options that began to present themselves fast and furiously. Once I did, though, I was hooked. Literally the whole world, and a whole world of freedom, opened up, for me and for so many others. As much as I was glad for my own sake, I was thrilled at how easy it was to read and see and watch others’ creations – sometimes in process – at the click of a link.
In a week or two, then, I will be able to announce the publication of my second novel and fourth book. That’s a dream come true, that is.