When Marty visits 1955 for the first time, he discovers George wants to be a writer, but doesn't believe in himself. George says 'I never let anyone read my stuff, what if they didn't like it?'
I too, never published my work or let anyone read it. What if they said I couldn't do it? What if I found out I wasn't good enough?
Marty says 'you know George, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.'
When Marty comes back to the future he finds his mum and dad completely transformed. Biff comes running in with a box and says, ‘I think your books have arrived Mr McFly.’
George pulls out a book from the top.
‘Ohh, your first book’ says Lorraine.
George holds up his book, turns to Marty and says ‘See Marty, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.’
As the truck arrived at my publishing house (our garage), I took one of the boxes, pulled out a book and said to my daughter, ‘See Madi, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.’
Madi rolled her eyes, 'do you have to quote Back to the Future with everything you do?' she asked.
I just smiled. I got a book. A real book.
Madi flicked through it, 'Hey, here's a picture of me!' she exclaimed. 'I'm in a book.'
'Yes you are' I said.
I sold my first book less than a week later.
I've realised that people aren't expecting me to be the best writer or artist that ever lived, they just want to feel better. As I write and illustrate my next book, Bear Yoga, I remind myself, 'its okay, you can do it, don't give up.' and each day I add a little more colour and words to the book that I hope will encourage children to practice yoga for life.
I took my delorium (hyandai) out for a ride the other day, and went back to my future, there were all these people lined up to hear my reading of my latest book. I saw myself smiley and happy, I almost called out to her but remembered the time space continuum could explode the entire universe. So I just let her walk by, she seemed so happy. 'Just give me something' I said to a person nearby, 'that I can take back with me to the past and help create this future.' She looked at me weirdly (she looked a lot like someone I know). 'Don't you know?' she said. 'If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.'
'Yes,' I nodded. 'Yes I see.'
I tapped on the flux capactor and it whired into action. 'Lets go.'
I roared up to eighty miles per hour and arrived back in sunny Redcliffe.
'I'm back' I said to Madi, 'Back from the future.'
'Great' she said, flicking the channels on TV. 'Can you hydrate me a pizza while your up?'
I am ready to self publish 'Simply Yoga' and 'Your Perfect Body' CD.
I've outsourced the editing and graphic design and am currently speaking to China about printing costs. The CD is being replicated and printed in Melbourne and the book will come back from China.
Self publishing is a journey on its own. I chose this path because I will reach more people with this book through my classes, the Activate expo and my online store. I will look for mainstream publishers for some of my other books.
I had the idea for my book Simply Yoga 2007. I thought within three months it would be complete. (hah!) I drove to Sydney to visit my photographer friend and we spent a day shooting photos. In 2008 we took them again and in 2009 I finished (I thought) the book. It was revised and edited in 2010 and revised and edited in 2011. Now it is in its final editing phase and within a month we will see a printed book YEY! Book launch coming soon..
The CD on the other hand has been milling around in my mind for almsot 20 years. Back then recording was extremely expensive-thousands of dollars. In 2007 I bought a microphone for 100 dollars, downloaded audacity onto my computer and recorded it myself. I spent several months editing the recording until I was happy with the final product. I created the original CD cover and printed all of the copies I sold for the next few years. My graphic designer, Jamie Palmer has re done the cover to match Simply Yoga. I can't wait to see my babies that have taken so long to form from the idea to the manifestation. Soon they will be here in my hands, and soon after, perhaps in yours. Yey, how exciting!
I am a yoga teacher, author and artist.
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