I used to love the expression “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I say used to, because back when I was starting a lot of journeys, I needed all the inspiration I could find to get going.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot more finishing of journeys, not the least of which has been the heavy editing and re-releasing of six novels I wrote between 2010 and 2017. Another writer may have patiently refined these books for a few more years before they ever saw the light of day, but not me. I got them out there with a flourish before I realized they had only gone about half as far as they needed to.
I think, and hope, that I’ve now gotten five of the six of them to the end of the road. Two days ago I made “Flickers of Fortune” available on Kindle and in paperback. It replaces the longer book known as d4 and is a more reader-friendly telling of the tale.
You know what? It was a LOT of work to get this all the way done. Not fun creative stuff, but I-just-want-to-quit-this-shit-and-go-take-a-nap type work.
Why stick with it? The satisfaction is the final product. I’m genuinely proud of it.
And, I’ve gained a new saying. It isn’t nearly as pithy, but it is true.