I just found out this week that I misunderstood the dates in the publishing process for my forthcoming book. It won’t be ready for February. I really don’t know when it will be available for purchase. The timing depends on proofing and printing and shipping and other matters that matter. I mind, but I can’t do much about it. I’m sorry if my misunderstanding causes a problem for anyone anxious to buy my book.
As I tried to process this twist in my timeline, I thought about some children’s books. The Little Miss series. I don’t think there’s a Little Miss Understanding, but here’s how my thoughts unfolded yesterday when I was on a plane traveling to visit my daughter.
I know I’ve said “I understand” when I’ve been listening to someone tell me about their health or feelings or whatever. But often, unless I’ve actually experienced the same thing, I really don’t understand. Only if I’ve walked in their shoes (and look at that! Shoes are under standing!) that I can come close to understanding their situation. If I’ve missed walking in their shoes, I’ve probably missed understanding completely.
Book publishing. I’ve never done it before. It’s way more involved than I ever dreamed it would be. I thought I understood my editorial consultant when she told me the timeline that had me thinking I’d have a book for sale in February. The tricky thing about misunderstanding is the person who doesn’t really know, doesn’t really know they don’t know! I didn’t understand that where her timeline ended, another one began. Everything to do with printing and shipping and handling.
What I do know is that this book will be out sooner than if I hadn’t ever started it! I’ll use the waiting time to develop an actual website with other features. I’ll keep writing here and on my Weight Watchers blog. Writing keeps me aware which is key to managing my sugar sensitivity. I might venture into posting recipes, too.
Somewhat related to all of this, I started reading Daring Greatly on the plane yesterday. I’ve found it to be confirming and validating. Some of the thoughts I came to in writing and analyzing my journey with sugar addiction can be explained with Brene Brown’s research. I’m not sure if I have actually embraced all the ideas, but I think I’ve at least given most of them a hug.
I’ll close this post with this: although my February publish date is not happening, my book is happening. I’ve dared greatly. I’ve embraced vulnerability. And I feel thankful. Thankful for the experience. Thankful for support. This isn’t an impossible situation. I’m possible. Enough.