It’s been a while since I posted anything out of the ordinary on The Ink Owl, so here goes!
I was at a local Barnes & Noble, a national book store for those out of the country, with my boys. Just inside the door there was a table set up with a stack of books, dragon statue, cards, posters, pictures, and someone typing behind their laptop.
My heart jumped a bit when I realized I was seeing an author’s book signing event! With all the obsession I have about writing, story sharing, and getting published I’ve never actually been to a bookstore when an author is present and signing. And I have a parent that works in publishing! 🙂 Love you dad.
Her name was Devri Walls, and she’s a fantasy writer, published author. It was unreal. In a sort of daze, with my mind telling me this was happening, I started talking with Devri about her stories, Venators: Magic Unleashed.
Both of my kids were about to lose interest in record time (they’re three and five), but Devri pulled out a giant cookie and offered it to them as my oldest, Ira, began asking her about the stone dragon on her table.
In less time than it took for me to take the cookie for the boys, Devri was pulling us all into a tale of a young girl that had a magical stone eye that could help her see what her pet dragon was doing.
I could see the cogs working in my son’s imagination as he soaked up every word. My own thoughts were on all the countless stories floating ever present above my eyes (to be anatomically correct). Sadness colored each one as I longed to be the one across the table sharing my story, signing books, being published.
We thanked Devri and then both of my boys disappeared into the stacks of books looking for Star Wars everything.
One day, I thought to myself as I passed rows and rows of Crichton, Rowling, King, Wells, and others.
“One day,” I said to myself as I let the bookstore draw me in obscuring the front of the store.
One day, that will be me. I’ll have a printed book in hand, smiling, wearing the stress of years of work and cramped fingers that is a printed book.
It was a hard moment to reflect on, it’s something I’ve wished for for a quite a while. But other dreams, goals, and challenges have taken precedence. This Spring I was offered a position as a secondary health science educator at a local high school. It’s the career I’ve dreamed of, but never expected to obtain. Now I find myself planning anatomy lessons, attending teacher training seminars on classroom management, working nights at the hospital, being a present parent and husband and feeling excitedly stressed about all of it.
So writing has been pushed between the cracks. I find myself pulling out my phone an jotting thoughts down here and there, but it must wait. That oh so desired book has been placed back on the shelf, waiting to be pulled out and read all the way through.
As I walked the aisles I felt this overwhelming desire to share these moments and thoughts. I found myself suddenly in front of Devri again and I was talking about my own experiences with writing, and this blog. With a knowing smile Devri told me about her own challenges she’s faced getting these books out to the world.
“Don’t give up, push forward, keep writing,” she said with a nod.
So that’s what I’m doing, with everything else. (I typed that with a chuckle.)
Here is to hope, the future, and to a new author friend I’ve made.
From her website: “Devri Walls is an international best selling author. She lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband, two children and one adorable little mutt. Writing in all things fantasy, she would do just about anything for a working magic wand.”
Personally she was one of the more personable people I’ve met and for any Meridian Idaho writers out there, a great writing resource.
You can visit Devri’s website here, it’s quite the place to explore and learn.
P.S. If you’re an aspiring author, writer, or poet out there on the web looking to having your writing promoted, feel free to message me on my contact page. I’d love to pass the kindness onward.