As a writer I am used to having many distractions as I capture my thoughts on the screen or in a journal. I only needed silence while proofreading my work; however, all that has changed with the manuscript that is currently in production. My entire writing world has undergone a transition as I tap, tap, tap away on the keys. I don’t have anything playing in the background. For the first time ever, I am writing in silence. I don’t have any distractions to take me out of flow. As I mentioned, my writing universe has shifted; in fact, all my projects have come to a complete standstill. I may resume them once the manuscript is completed and is preparing to go live; however, putting them on the production schedule for 2017 is probably best. This unexpected manuscript has taken its rightful place front and center in my life – exactly where it was destined to be.
I have been off the grid to devote every ounce of my time to soaking up this profound experience. I have been digging deeper than I ever imagined as the words pour out. Of course, while in the midst of what is flowing out of me, stuff is swirling and dust is kicking up. It is during this reflective excavation, I want to say, “Diane, what the hell are you doing?” And then I surrender. I let the tears cascade, take a breath, hug my three blessings, and keep moving forward. I know with every letter that appears on the screen, whether I like it or not, I am letting the sunlight heal the dark places.
Now, with all that said, the manuscript I am nestled firmly in the heart of will be the inaugural release from J Fox Ink™ and my debut novel. I did not plan it to be this way but this is the path I was fated to travel. I want to take a moment to thank some incredible angels for nurturing me on this journey. I know in my spirit; I would not have found the courage to propel further with this project if it weren’t for – Gin, Hope, Zeus, Tanya R. Taylor, Traci Andrighetti, Parris Afton Bonds, Diana Layne, Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David W. Wright. I thank you with all my heart for everything.
8/6/16 UPDATE: MY NOVEL DEBUT ‘TOUGH’ HAS A NEW TITLE TO FIT THE WOMAN I AM – ‘EVEN TOUGH WOMEN CRACK LIKE EGGS SOMETIMES’. THANK YOU TO THE INCREDIBLE WOMEN WHO ALWAYS INSPIRE AND SOFTEN THE TOUGH ME – TANYA R. TAYLOR AND PARRIS AFTON BONDS. XOXOXO