Updated: Mar 30
If I am indeed dedicating myself to the craft of writing then I should tell you what I have been working on. Shouldn't I?
I talk a great deal about writing and being an author but I don't talk much about my work. I know that I do this to protect it. I want to protect it from criticism and hate, but more than this, I feel like the little girl inside wants to hide her work so that it doesn't ever get thrown away again. I know that I can't keep operating from this space, so yes, it is time for me to share what I have been writing.
For the past 2 years, I have been working on a book entitled, "Enchant Your Life - 7 Tips On Living Happily Ever After". If you believe that life should be delightful and charming regardless of the hardships that we may experience and if you have a love/hate relationship with Disney princesses like I do, then I wrote this book for you. The book begins with my narration, revealing an intimate time when I was forced to re-enchant my life. With intentional transitions, I weave the reader in and out of my experiences and those of princess tropes that we all have come to love. I highlight the tropes' qualities while shedding light on some of their flaws. Basically, I use Disney princesses to deflect from the very serious conversation of claiming and reclaiming happiness in womanhood.
If you believe that life should be delightful and charming...and if you have a love/hate relationship with Disney princesses like I do, then I wrote this book for you.
This book came out of nowhere as I was taking a walk one day. I was thinking about how far I had come in relation to my 10 year marriage ending in divorce and I thought of all I had done to get myself to where I was. I was very proud of myself! I identified 7 things that I had concertedly accomplished in order to keep a smile on my face and peace in my heart. I thought, "This would be a good book idea!" and before the end of my walk I had already figured out the title, the chapters, and the flow of the read.
"Enchant Your Life" is a small book with only eight chapters, nine if you include the introduction. I did this on purpose as I wanted the book to resemble the short storybooks that I read growing up. I have many books that I've wanted to write long before "Enchant Your Life" was even a thought. "Enchant Your Life" seemed like a good place to begin: a simple random read that wouldn't take me long to write (or so I thought). "Enchant Your Life" is also safe. It allows me to bare my soul without revealing too much at a time.
So, there it goes. My first book. I can't wait to publish it so that I can get this awkwardness behind me...