Yes, I am writing a book!!
There – I said it! There it is in big bold letters for the world to read and everyone to see!
I am not sure where this is going to go but I am trying and typing as fast as my little fingers can go to write the content of my very first book which centers around moving to Taiwan and all the crazy and amazing experiences I had here during my first year!
It has been a mental ‘work in progress’ for a long time. Sometimes I would feel like ‘Yes, I am going to do this!’ and then doubt would start to creep in and I would think ‘What the hell am I thinking?!’
So I don’t know where it will go or what it will amount to but I am doing it!! I am indeed writing a book!!
And how did the whole idea of writing a book transpire all those years ago? Well, read on to find out!!
The Flight That Started it All
This one crazy idea, this one far-flung thought that started it all came about on a plane bound for Vancouver from Taiwan over 14 years ago.
There I was, returning to Canada for a visit after living in Taiwan for a year. It was amazing how much I had experienced, how much I had grown, how much I had changed, and how much I had learned. I was returning to Canada a more worldly person, a different person, a better person. .
And in mist of enjoying a glass of red wine that I had requested during dinner service, I started to write. And I started to write some more. And I started to read what I wrote. And I started to realize that what I was writing was interesting and it was captivating. And as I re-read the first pages of what I wrote, it was like I was reading a memoir and I was the star of the show, the main character.
I continued to write between naps during all my flights throughout Canada and then onto the U.S., and by the time I had arrived back in Taiwan, I had the basis for what I think would be a good book!!
Telling My Story Out Loud
Armed with an empty stomach and a quest to have some fun, my sister and I started our girl’s night out. I was excited about the thought of telling her all about my first year adventures in Taiwan in person. We headed to the nearest restaurant and bar in the area. There were no tables available when we arrived, so we sat at the bar which was surrounded by couples and what seemed to be regulars as the bartender knew each and every one of them by name.
Then, I started to retell the stories that I had written down during my many flights to my sister. It seemed like everyone was listening in because by the time the night was drawing to a close, I had the attention of the entire bar. Roars erupted when I retold the funny incidents and one could hear pin drop when I retold the not so funny moments.
One of the patrons said out of the blue ‘You got the material for a good book there, you know!’
I didn’t think much of it until my sister and I asked to pay our bill. It seemed the stories must have been real good because our bill was only US$4.95. Each and every one of the patrons treated us to a drink and a few even paid for our food and all of this was done without us even knowing.
And I knew right then and there, that one day, someday, I would use the stories I had jotted down on those flights and the stories that I had relived and told at the bar to write my very first book.
Captivating His Attention
And even though over 15 years have passed since I first stepped foot in Taiwan, the memories of my adventures are still as fresh as ever.
Those notes and writings from all those years ago have always been there, calling for me to take the huge leap, to start writing about Taiwan, to share the stories I have always wanted to tell, to show the world the tenacity and fortitude I had to take such a giant step all those years ago.
I started putting my ideas on paper and then started formulating the stories on the computer. And it is funny because the words have just flowed out of me so easily, like they had been written in my mind all this time.
I took my first big step and shared the 20,000 words I had written with my husband and he just couldn’t stop reading. He said he hung onto my every word, wanting to know more, wanting to know what would happen next. He said my writing captivated him so much that he was disappointed when there was nothing left to read. (I know! I know! He is my husband so of course he is a little bias and all but still – it has given me the courage to continue to write and to continue to push forward).
I am not sure where it will go or what the outcome of it all will be, but one thing is for sure – it is the most awesome ‘trip down memory lane’ ever!
More to come soon …including two of the hardest paragraphs to relive, write, and re-read so far!
Moving From Canada