Graduation Is Like Publishing
Our daughter, Becca, graduates from high school in about eleven days and I started thinking how similar creating, developing, and releasing a story compares somewhat to the act of creating, developing, and releasing a child.
It took me quite a few years to decide to have a child, but once I made the commitment, she was carefully planned, reading up on all of the What To Do books, designing and decorating a nursery, and submitting myself to appointment after doctor appointment.
Then she was born, as beautiful as I imagined, and what followed were her formative years; the first time she rolled over or sat up, crawling then walking, walking then running (everywhere!), then talking and questions. I never tired of her questions because it was so fascinating seeing how her mind worked. And wellness appointments with the doctor, then daycare and the first day of school. There were times during the developmental stage that I started over or veered in a different direction, always massaging and creating the best environment and surroundings for her, but always moving forward.
Now she is a senior and ready to be published and released upon the world. Her father and I can’t take credit for all of her successes, she has a great sense of humor, good head on her shoulders, and a disciplined map in her head of where she is going and in many ways she developed us instead of the other way around. She is ready now, ready to graduate, ready to go to college, and ready to create her own life.
So like a book that I create first in my head, then on paper with outlines or charts after research and planning, then editing and developing and massaging the story along until the time it is ready to be published, she is my greatest, my most beloved and cherished work.