Well, today is the day. My brain-child was finally born. The novel Pup has been released. There are certainly days that have been more important in my life. The birth of my son and my wedding day are the obvious ones that come to mind. Still, this one certainly ranks up there. Any of you that are writers understand how amazing it can be to watch a story take shape in your mind and by your hands. Sometimes the characters become as real, or sometimes even more real than the people around you.You go back to read through what you have written and you find yourself surprised with what you find. A life plays out before your very eyes. You get to not only witness it, but you also get to shape it. I feel sad to say this as a writer, but words cannot do justice to the process. Those of you that don’t write understand as well. You get the same feeling through the expression of your own passions. I watched that same elation form on someone’s face when they finally got a troublesome engine running once again. I see it when people draw, and I’ve seen it on the face of every person that finishes a long-distance race. It is an amazing journey.
The difference between this journey in writing and others that I have taken is that this one included another leg to the trip. Not only did I get to write the story, I was offered the privilege of publishing the story. This meant that my story would not only mean something to me, but it had the chance of finding meaning for someone else as well. No artist paints a picture hoping that they are the only one that sees it. The very knowledge that someone else, even if it is only one individual, would get a smile, a laugh, or a lesson from my writing was a heady feeling indeed. That feeling has lasted since I first heard the news about publication over six months ago.
So, the big day of release is finally here. So what am I planning to do to celebrate it. Nothing much. Honestly, I have kept up with my social media, spoken to my mom (she was probably one of the first buyers. No surprise there!), gone to a few shops, and gotten a little exercise. My wife and I will probably go out to eat, but that is all that I really have planned. Am I a party pooper? I don’t think so. I’ve had six months of celebrating, and that isn’t counting the writing process itself. I’m thrilled. I’m proud. I plan for a great showing. But I don’t intend to spike the football. I’m happy just soaking it in and getting ready for the next day.
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Christopher Slater is a middle school history teacher, the inaugural winner of the AuthorsFirst novel writing contest, and one of the most distinctive voices we’ve seen. His debut novel PUP, is available everywhere books are sold! Visit his website for more.