Tuesday 18 July 2017

Book update

I wanted to pop in briefly to give you a little update on my book project. Does anyone still remember? (Or care?)
As you may know, 2017 is the Year of the Book for me. I've been working on it all year, and I'm almost done with the first draft!! I'm working on the second to last chapter, and I'm really excited about it!
My feelings about it have ran the entire spectrum from "I love it! It's the best thing ever written!" to "This is the biggest piece of crap in the existence of the world."
I hope the reality is somewhere in between, hopefully leaning more towards the good side of the spectrum ...

Whatever happens though, I'm damn proud that I've gotten this far. I know that I will finish it no matter what, and that I will get it printed one way or another. Even if it would be just for me, the work wasn't for nothing. I've worked through the most complicated decade-and-a-half of my life with this book, and standing on the other side of it now, I feel nothing but peace. Peace, joy and gratitude about where all the ups and downs of my life have led me.

What writing down my story has taught me, is that everything happens for a reason. The most painful lessons are the ones we benefit the most from in the end.
That's also the reason why I don't believe in regrets. Because everything needs to happen for us to end up where we are supposed to be.

So, I'm getting close to the end. My initial deadlines was June 24th, but I missed it due to my MIL's visit. Man, that woman messes with my writing mojo! But I'm firmly back on track, with an adjusted deadline of July 31, and I anticipate I have less than 5,000 words left. Aaaaahhh!!

After that I will pitch it to a publishing house I love, and take it from there. Exciting times! Well, if exciting is the same as peeing-my-pants-I'm-so-nervous, that is 😉

Anyway, that's the reason for my sporadic blogging these past few months. I predict that I will blog a lot more once the first draft is done! I miss it.

Yesterday I played around with possible book jacket descriptions, something I'm doing constantly lately. That, and writing imaginary pitch letters, trying to find the best words to describe what my book is about.

Here is the latest version:

"I had the worst wedding. I did neither see nor try on my wedding outfit until the night before; it wasn’t a dress, and it wasn’t white; not one of the wedding guests thought we would make it to our first anniversary; and the man who broke my heart four years earlier was in attendance – as my brother-in-law. 

And yet, like any other bride, I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world, and dreamed of a future filled with love, happiness, and children. Unlike most brides, however, I already knew exactly what these children looked like - because I had met them. They were four girls, ages nine, thirteen, seventeen, seventeen. They were my step kids and I their new step mom. At twenty-five years old. My groom’s age? Fifty." 

This isn’t the story of a gold digger. It’s the story of a girl who is like you: Looking for love and happiness, but with no idea how to get there. She feels like she never quite fits in, despite trying desperately to be just like everybody else. When her heart is broken by a boy who starts dating her sister, she wants to run away as far as possible, and recklessly does something she was always too afraid to do before: Travel to the land of her dreams, Canada. 

There, she meets a man. Not a boy, but a man. He is handsome, charming, worldly – and married with kids. They have a fling. She thinks it’s over. But he follows her halfway around the world, first to Germany, later to Wales, to convince her that they are meant to be together. 

This is the story of a man and a girl who fell in love, and went for it despite the fear. They didn’t know if it would work out – if it could work out - everybody warned them against it. But there are chances in life that only come once, and you have to make a choice: Listen to your head or your heart. 

Not only did they find the love of a lifetime, but the girl found something she never thought possible: She found the life she was supposed to live, and became the woman she was supposed to be.

What do you think?

xo Miriam



  1. I love it! It's fabulous! So excited!

    1. It looks like both our dreams coming true ...?!?!? 📝📸

  2. Love it! Can't wait for this little gem to come out. So proud!

    1. Thank you so much, Katie! That means a lot. You're so sweet!! 😚💕

  3. I love that you are working so hard on this! Going for your dreams!

    1. You know, it's been in my head for so long, it NEEDED to come out, one way or another. Just so I can get some peace around here again! 😉

  4. Ahhhh you are getting so close to being done! I am so excited for you!

    1. You'll get a copy as soon as I'm done!

  5. How exciting! This is awesome. I think what you've written for the pitch letter is really great.

    1. Thank you Amy!! I'm so close to being done, that I find myself reluctant to finish it - this project has been my baby and so close to my heart, I don't want it to be over ... Also, the next step really scares me. But one step at a time, right?
      Happy Monday!


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