Editing, editing and more editing , but the end is in sight! When Colin and I started this adventure of getting “The Odessa Chronicles” published I really didn’t know what was all involved. Colin was definitely more the expert, as far as knowledge goes. He has 2 very good books under his belt already!
So which one of us has been more patient in this whole book collaboration adventure?
“Has anybody told you what lovely feathers you have?” Confused? Its a quote from the book that will make perfect sense when you read the story, but I will try to ease your confusion a little until then. It’s a quote from someone in the story who likes to jump from one subject to another without warning.
I believe that I won’t stop shaking my head about how “The Odessa Chronicles” all started. I only intended to write a simple blog post about a cat named Dewey. How I came up with the name Dewey, I don’t even remember. Somehow it just popped into my mind.
Then after quite some time had passed I was inspired to write another Dewey story, just for fun. I wanted to give Dewey and his man-servant a friend. Who was the new friend? Well, a jackalope of course, makes perfect sense, right? That wasn’t the end, for Dewey the cat, Jaxon the Jackalope and the warmhearted man-servant needed one more friend. Life just wouldn’t be near as exciting without our sweet Odessa, the barn-owl.
The stories were fun to write but I still had no thought about it becoming a book. There is one thing though that I have learned about life over and over again. “Expect the Unexpected!”
Colin wrote a story for fun, and guess what? He enjoyed it and so he wrote another! Thus began the crazy adventure of revising stories, writing new ones and realizing that these characters that started out as fictional were becoming quite real to us. They wrapped themselves around our hearts and we had no choice but to move forward!
You really never know what may happen in life. Keep your eyes open and most importantly your mind, to new things that may be on your horizon. Things that perhaps you didn’t dream about but that may surprise you and take you on an exciting ride!
I am very glad that I sat down one day and had the idea to write a story around a cat and a man-servant. An idea that was inspired by a joke!
I am very glad that Colin accepted the challenge to write a story and that he enjoyed it and wrote another, for then magic started happening.
“Expect the Unexpected!” Be open to whatever life throws your way.
“Expect the Unexpected!” That would be a good motto for this book, for you just don’t know what you may find inside the pages. Expect to smile, expect to laugh, to feel warmth in your heart and possibly even a tear to your eye at times.
This book is intended for children and adults alike. A time when adults can relax with the book for the times when life may be getting a little too adultish, too complicated, which makes me think of another excerpt from the book.
“Why are you swaying back and forth?”
“Oh, I often do that, especially when I am standing still, and if deep in thought, which I usually try to avoid because it starts making life complicated, which is really not what I want, because my life is complicated enough without me thinking about it, so I generally don’t if I can avoid it.”
“Expect the Unexpected!” You never know how life may surprise you! I have been talking to a cat, a jackalope and an owl for a long time now, and oh yes a crazy man-servant. Do I ever feel like I m going crazy at times?
“Has anybody told you what lovely feathers you have?”