I definitely see a correlation between waiting for a book to be published and waiting for a child to be born.
I've been in Santa Rosa this week with my 21-year-old daughter, Patricia, as we wait for her contractions to start and for her first child, Laila, to come into the world. In those moments when I'm not hanging out with Patricia, bonding, laughing, shopping, walking and planning, I'm on my laptop editing and polishing the final chapters of my book.
I started seeing a correlation.
* Laila is overdue. We all feel she "should have been here by now."
* I expected to have my book finished and published by now…"it feels like it's overdue."
* Every morning I receive calls, emails and text messages from loved ones asking, "Is there a baby yet?"
* Frequently on my Facebook page or in conversations with friends I hear, "Isn't the book ready yet?"
* Patricia is listening to others and researching natural ways to speed up the birthing process--with no luck. As her doctor says, "The baby will come when she's ready."
* I've also looked for ways to "hurry up" the editing and polishing process...but the experts tell me to, "slow down."
We both have to be patient and let the creative process happen.
* Patricia and Melchor’s baby has a beautiful name. They thought about names for months, trying out different ones, and then came up with “Laila Daniley.”
* I’ve thought about names for my book for years. At first it was, “Dear Mom and Dad.” Then it became, “Dear Mom and Dad, Please Send Money,” followed by “House of Hope, Love Without Borders,” and then Unstoppable, My Journey to The House of Hope. The most recent book title is, “From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope.
And so it continues. There is no hurrying up the process. I do believe that what is worth having is worth working on and waiting for… but even so…hurry up already, Laila!