Ok … so we are getting to the pointy end, and stuff is getting real now. The formatting and cover design are close to completion. I can honestly say I am a melting pot of mixed emotions, ranging from elation to sheer panic and everything in between!
As some of you may know, since my trip to Nepal two years ago, my little book took on more meaning and has morphed into something quite different from what I had envisaged three years ago.
I have full empathy for elephants, whose gestation is a whopping 650 days—what must they be feeling? To nurture their precious ones for all that time, and then in the blink of an eye, it is all over and the new journey starts, full of unknown perils.
I would encourage anyone who has aspirations of writing a book, as I have said before, even if you do not think you have the necessary skills, please give it a go. Writing is a learnable craft, and the more you write, the better you’ll get. I did not, in my wildest dreams, ever think I would be about to publish a book, and here I am on the precipice.
There is no turning back now, and as I face my inner demons, the one thing that keeps me going is that if one child loves the book, or that if it makes it easier for one parent to start the conversation about the environment, then I am happy. That being said, I do hope that many young children and parents enjoy the story and Horace’s journey.