How to Eat an Elephant

Hello again from Home!

Is there anything you’ve ever wanted to do but the endeavor just seemed too large, too mind-numbingly, eye-poppingly overwhelming that you couldn’t imagine yourself actually completing it? It would be like trying to eat an elephant.

I remember the day I made up my mind about just such a thing. “I’m going to do this. I’m going to be a writer. I’m going to write novels and try to make a living at it.”

That was about eight years ago. Looking back, I was lucky. I had no idea what a huge undertaking I was about to begin. If I knew then what I know now, would I have gone ahead or run away screaming?

But I didn’t have a clue. And so, with the confidence of someone who is too ignorant to know they can fail, I set out.

Type, type, type…

Hours, weeks, months, years of me and the blinking curser, churning out short stories, novel manuscripts, the occasional horridly bad poem. Stories that never made it past a page, a paragraph, a sentence. Stories that were written, re-written, edited, polished, revised, rewritten again, as I studied and practiced the alchemy of storytelling. Rejection letters. A stack of rejection letters. “This just isn’t for us.” Writing in tents, in hotel rooms, on beaches, in trucks, in basements and closets. Keeping stories alive in my head while I hammered nails, dug holes, cleaned bathrooms, made reservations, recovered from ciguatera poisoning. Small triumphs, mini-celebrations, acceptance letters, my words in print, contests won and winner’s certificates and payment in magazine copies. Those little life rafts keeping me afloat in the sea of self doubt.

Type, type, type…

And now? Here I am, here we are, at the last hurdle before the actual Hunt for Publication. One last set of revisions and edits before the novel manuscript can go out on the market. Another elephant to eat.

But…deep breath. Make a list. What needs changing? Suck it up. It has to be perfect. Has to be.

Type, type, type…

How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

Type, type, type…

Until next time, I hope this finds you healthy, happy & lovin’ life…

The Princess

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8 Responses to How to Eat an Elephant

  1. John D. says:

    All the best to you in finding a publisher Christine. I hope to be reading your novel soon!

  2. Angela Bryson says:

    I am really proud of you Kris. You are, as always, an inspiration!

    • clubfredbaja says:

      Angela! So good to hear from you, and thanks a gazillion for the kind words. We miss you guys. If this dream comes true, I’ll have to push for a book signing in Toronto so we can come out for a visit!
      Love ya – Kris xo

  3. Monique Barclay says:

    You know when you have that feeling that something is going to work out….. well I have that feeling for you and your book. I know it will be a success! In the meantime, wishing you and Fred all the best and hope to see you soon.

  4. Becky Perron says:

    Hi Kris A little slow getting back to you way too much on the go right now. Wanted to let you know that I am looking forward to reading your book soon, because of course it will happen. Too much positive energy for it not to be out there. Keep up the great work all my Love Becky

    • clubfredbaja says:

      No worries Becky! I know all about having a lot on the go. 🙂 Thank you for the love and support, it means more than you know.

      Keep that positive energy a-flowin’!! Love ya – Kris xo

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