The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

Waiting for Proof

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My husband asked me this morning if I ever saw myself as a published author, and if so, what kind of book was it?

A good question. I suppose at one time, like so many other wannabe writers, I was going to pen the Great Canadian Novel.

As it happens, the correct answer is, “a biography.”

You see, I am waiting for the proof copy of a book titled Airy Somethings: the Extraordinary Life of the Aviation Pioneer Horatio Barber. I am co-author with a chap from the UK, Terry Grace. We are publishing the work ourselves and attending to all the promotion and advertisements that go along with getting the news out.

Hubby’s query brought back memories of when I left the corporate world in the 80s. For my next career, I would be a freelance writer. A remarkable choice since I hadn’t written much more than the occasional company newsletter and one or two letters to the newspaper editor. But I needed something to latch on to – some sort of title and occupation to explain to others – and to myself – that I would be fine after Bell Canada, that I had something meaningful and important and interesting to occupy my time. And to pay the bills.

In my daydreams, I envisioned the classic rose-covered cottage with my desk at the window, overlooking the meadows. Sunshine, butterflies, babbling brooks. The whole package.

A couple years later, when the freelancing work never materialized, I saw myself not so much as the author, but as the author’s assistant. (I won’t delve into what that says about me, other than it fits the pattern. The Author was a professorial type. He lived in a garret, or the loft of a three-storey walk-up. The rooms were dark and they were filled floor-to-ceiling with bookshelves. Every surface was laden with his research papers. The floorboards sagged under the load. I helped him with his academic research, his correspondence, fetching tea. Girl Friday stuff.

Life had different plans, of course, and what really happened is this: three decades later, while volunteering with the Cobalt Historical Society, I got an email from the UK. I invite you to check out my brand-new authors’ blog to read the rest of the story. Please do drop by?

And I suppose, if I ever needed proof that I’m a writer, I’ll have it shortly. It’s in the mail!

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48 replies

  1. Wow, how exciting!! You never know when something wonderful will land on your doorstep, seemingly out of nowhere. But it’s never really out of nowhere, it’s the Universe. Very happy for you, that you answered the knock at your door.

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  2. When last seen, Maggie Wilson was putting the finishing touches on the great Canadian novel. So good to hear from you again! This sounds wonderful, Maggie. Never let it be said that you just test the waters of anything–you dive in head first, and I could not be more excited.

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    • Hiya, Lois! I’ll share a wee side story with you – my co-author was writing the book with another chap. My role was strictly as research assistant, fact-checker, and proof-reader. When the other fellow decided against moving ahead with the work, Terry came to me and asked if I would be his co-author. I could not reply “YES!” fast enough.

      It has been a great project and I, too, am excited to be at this point! Thanks for your support!

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  3. That’s so cool, Maggie. If you’ve authored a book, you’re a writer. And an author to boot. Nice going. – Marty

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  4. Your life path just took an exciting turn! Wonderful! I once thought I would write a novel, but soon realized I just don’t have what it takes to do that. Maybe someday I’ll be viewed as an artist. Or maybe I’ll just continue to be me, and be content with that.

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  5. Sounds fascinating! Good luck with it.

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  6. This is very exciting Maggie. I remember you mentioning the project some time ago. To see it through to publication as co-author is simply wonderful! Kudos!

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  7. Congratulations on the exciting news! Such a great milestone to pass, good things take a little longer, they say.

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  8. It’s always good to see a post from Maggie in my inbox. The book sounds interesting. I love aviation stories, especially from the early years. Congrats!

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  9. Complimenti bella !!! Wonderful news – except maybe for the self-promotion bit. Sighh … But as you’re aware, first-time nobody authors who are published face the same chore. :\
    If your contribution to this book is anything even faintly as good as your posts, Airy Somethings will be intensely readable.
    I now transmogrify myself to The Other Blog …

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  10. You made it, and you’re still writing which I take as a good sign. Congratulations! So whose next for you? How about a spirited Canadian woman who did something no man would even attempt? Or maybe early pioneering females who came to the harsh lands of Canada and conquered every hardship tossed their way…
    Seems like I have a theme happening here 😉

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  11. Maggie, a HUGE congratulations! I’m so thrilled for you! Good luck with the whole process and ENJOY!!!!!
    So I read Deb above. How about that woman I just learned about, Emily Murphy!!!!! 🙂

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  12. Congratulations, Maggie! How exciting!!!

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  13. VERY exciting!! Well done!

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  14. That’s fantastic, Maggie! I imagine it’s a vision many in the blogosphere secretly harbour. And there you are having actually done it. Thou shalt be A Published Author!

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  15. Ah, that’s where you’ve been. Sounds interesting – awaiting developments!

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  16. Congratulations! Life may not have followed the direction you planned, but it sounds like you’re getting to where you need to be!

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  17. I’d been wondering what had become of you! Congrats on your upcoming book. Don’t you love it when things work out in your favor even when they don’t go the way you planned?

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  18. Congrats! I would call that a proof! Will check out the other blog.

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  19. Wow! How super neat are you? We always knew 😉 Congratulations and Best Wishes!

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  20. Ah, yes, dreams of writing that Great [insert country] Novel. 🙂 Congratulations, Maggie! I’m so excited for you and so glad I chose this day to return. Enjoyed your post. 😀

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  21. May I just say, Hurray! Hurray!! Good on ya! 😀

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