I’ve written, revised, and had published two books, Private Hercules McGraw and The Journals of Lt. Kendall Everly. Both are stories of the American Civil War and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. That’s not a bad winning streak. Still, my books were published several years ago and, although I continue to write, I haven’t published a books since. Am I still winning? I am. Here’s why I think so.
1. As I just mentioned, I had two books published. A small publisher ask to release both of them.
2. Both books were nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a national award.
3. Although I haven’t published in a few years, I write everyday.
4. I’m first a husband and a father. Then, I’m a high school teacher and a college professor. Finding time to write is difficult, but I’m able to do it. Even if I write a few sentences on a given day, I write. I write!!
5. I’m writing a novel now. My first two books tell stories; they are narratives, but each story is told through individual poems. Writing a novel is a different challenge, but challenges are good.
6. I’m creating a wonderful, magical world as I write my novel. It’s full of…well, wonderful stuff. I look forward to visiting that world each day.
7. Will that novel be published? I like to think so, but who knows? Does that matter? Not really. Creating that world…therin lies the joy.
Yes, I am a winner. Perhaps tomorrow my list will change. Perhaps tomorrow I won’t feel as positive. I’ll deal with that tomorrow.