It’s a beautiful story in many ways, from the oh-so-handsome thief, Flynn Ryder, to by-the-book royal steed, Maximus, to sheltered-but-kick-butt Rapunzel. But one of the things I love most is that it’s all about following your dream.
As we learn at the Snuggly Duckling, dreams come in all shapes and sizes. Rapunzel’s dream is to see the lights that appear every year on her birthday. But as she sits in the boat, waiting for the lanterns to appear, she admits to Flynn that she is terrified, wondering ‘what if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?’
I can relate. I have dreamed of seeing my book in print for a very long time now. And as I sit here, on the cusp of realizing that dream, I am overwhelmed by emotion. I’m excited and overjoyed; I can’t wait for everyone to get to know Lizzie and Colin. I’m proud of myself for taking the steps that I needed to take to get her ready to go. I’m nervous, too, because I want my book baby’s first steps in the world to be well-received. And, yes, a part of me is terrified. My stories contain my heart and soul, and opening that up to the world-at-large is a lot to process.
What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?
Honestly? It has already become more than I dreamed. The process of preparing my story has been a tremendous growth experience for me, and I am not the same person I was when I undertook this journey. I have grown and changed; so has my dream.
What I want now is to know that my story touched you. I want to make you laugh, I want to make you swoon, I want to make you cry. And most of all, I want to make you cheer for Lizzie and Colin.
And what if it is everything I dreamed it would be?
Lucky for me, I don’t have to find a new dream. All I need to do is share the next story and the next. That’s a dream that makes me grin!
Head on over to Amazon.com on Sunday and order it for Kindle or in paperback (or both!). Read! Enjoy! Tell a friend!
And remember that dreams really can come true. Not with magic and pixie dust, but with encouragement, commitment, and hard work!