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A First Book at 65 – Why not?

September 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments

It’s never too late to follow a life’s dream, as writer Shelley Buck discovers.

All my life I’ve known I wanted to write books. But there were other things: a child, a husband, a house to buy, work to attend to, dirty dishes, even. Also, I’m shy, and even though I was a feminist, a journalist, and later a professor teaching writing, tooting my horn for my own needs came hard.

And then we moved to a boat. While there was plenty to repair, I wasn’t handy or good at it. Other family members took on these tasks. Living aboard a boat changed my perception of what a home meant: In a galley a quarter the size of the usual cubicle, there wasn’t much opportunity to do gourmet cooking. Dusting became easy in a salon living space of less than a hundred square feet. I couldn’t, even if I desired, shuffle the furniture around. Almost everything was built in. With only three plates and a handful of cups, there was little temptation to squander my days washing dishes. I walked the dog out on the wetlands paths, and while my son was at school, I wrote.

And eventually there was a book. I was working. It took time to finish and edit up the book. Time to format it for publication, time to learn web design skills for promotion, time to find an editor, a community, and the encouragement to proceed, time to learn about eBooks and how the opportunity for online publication might streamline the process. I had been waiting all my life for permission to write. Now, I decided to give myself permission to publish, too. And on November 6, 2010, Floating Point was born as an eBook.

UPDATE: Floating Point was published in paperback on August 16, 2011. See this link for an excerpt.

READERS: What are your dreams? What are you doing to get there?

Tags: American Dreams

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nancy // Sep 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    It’s always thrilling to hear about somebody living their dream, making it reality. In your case it took real talent to write such a great book , but also the spunk to actually get it published. Kudos! Be our inspiration!

  • 2 S. Buck // Sep 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks Nancy. Your encouragement is very welcome, especially as I am working on a second book.

    What is your dream?

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