I recently took a step back from Elli & Oliver to return to a manuscript I’ve been fiddling with off and on for eight years now. Yeah. Eight years. That fact struck me hard.
Ever since I can remember, I wanted to write books and illustrate them for a living. That was my dream. But such dreams took a backseat when I found myself on a long side road that consumed an overwhelming portion of my life. Perhaps that sounds melodramatic. You may be thinking, “Elli, come on. If you really wanted to finish this book, you could have.”
And maybe you’re right. The whole reason I started this blog is because I wanted to bring life to these dreams of mine. I’m tired of settling or saying I can’t. If anything, my journey has taught me that I had have a choice. And that ability is incredibly empowering which is why this week I’ve found myself so determined to finish what I started. I’ve plugged through four of a twenty chapter book (20%), rereading, editing, fleshing out and bringing direction to the vibrant lives woven into this fantasy novel. Before I pick back up on Elli & Oliver, I want to bring peace to a series that’s been waiting ever so patiently for its true debut.
Once the manuscript finishes its first round of edits, I intend to make a tab for it here on the site. It will feature the prologue and first chapter, character bios, illustrations and fan art submitted back in the day. I haven’t decided whether or not I plan to self-publish or if I’ll dare the long and agonizing process of finding an agent. A lot of that will depend on what I feel is best for this little series.
But I will finish it. If merely for my own sake, I will hold this book in my hands and say, “I did it. I fulfilled my dream.”
I’ve proved myself worthy of publishing when I became a journalist. Now it’s time to take that confidence and do what I’ve always wanted to do. I will become an author.