Milestone

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Hey there everyone. This has been a very special week for me. It marks the beginning of my favorite season of the year, Autumn and on the 24th of this month I celebrated my 50th birthday. Experiencing this milestone has made me do a lot of reflecting on my life and my accomplishments as well as things that I still want to accomplish. But most of all being a Writer.

I went into downtown Chicago over the weekend with my son and boyfriend and we went to a comic book store. Since comic books are more their thing than mine, I decided to check out the posters instead. Most of the walls in my apartment are bare so I was hoping to find something good. I wound up buying a copy of the original movie poster of the film The Empire Strikes Back. The reason why this film holds such sentimental value is because it pretty much changed my life and made me want to become a writer.

One big question came to mind. Like am I too old to become a famous Author? The process of writing a book, getting it edited, and published is very time-consuming. It can take up to five years or more to be one of the lucky ones to be published by a traditional publisher. Do I even have that kind of time now that I have entered this new chapter in my life? These are just some of the questions that have been on my mind lately.

Although I am just now taking writing more seriously, I don’t want to look back and realize that I can only put out two or three books because I started so late. Yet at the same time, I may be able to publish more than one book at a time. But that remains to be seen. It would depend on whether or not a publishing company would want to publish more than one of my books at the same time.

Even though I have just turned 50, I don’t plan to give up writing any time soon. It is what makes me who I am. I have been writing since I was 12 since I saw my first Star Wars movie which was not A New Hope, it was The Empire Strikes Back and I thank George Lucas for the creator of the original trilogy for making something that totally changed my life. If I ever met him someday I would probably cry. And every time I look at that poster on my wall, I will be reminded of why I started writing in the first place. It was because of the brilliance of filmmakers like George Lucas who inspired a lot of people to reach for the stars and to believe that you can actually create magic.

Until next time…