Welcome to my weekly adventure to “Occupy the Blog-o-Sphere” each Thursday. I offer this hopefully uplifting picture and message to brighten your day and bring something buoyant into your life. As you move through your day with a renewed outlook, may you pass it along.

Don’t stop believing. Hold on to that feeling.


You may have noticed that I’m back. That could mean one of several things:

  1. I gave up on the memoir thing. Hey, I’m a Buddhist and should focus on the present, not the past, right?
  2. I decided to forget my past experience being unable to balance writing and blogging and thought that I could suspend the laws of insanity and make it work this time.
  3. I miss you all so much that I finished my book in record time.

If you guessed #3, you’re right! On Tuesday, June 26, I completed a solid draft of my memoir. As of now it is a 30 chapter, 307 page bookWhile there is still a long road ahead of me and my memoir before the reading public will see it, I feel like I have accomplished something monumental. 

When I was around eleven years old, I started writing a romantic novel. In longhand. But I was impatient. I wanted to get to the juicy stuff without setting up the scene, plot, or characters. My novel was about 7 pages long. It wasn’t very good. But I knew from that early age (and told many people throughout my life), “I have a book in me.” 

Since that crappy 7-page novel (the romantic scenes weren’t even that good because I didn’t know anything about boys except what I learned from Bonanza, Get Smart, and Star Trek) I’ve gotten more verbose, more savvy, and found out how to finish what I start.

My impression of boys was that they were overly eager to sprint or liked to imitate apes while smiling at the camera. I wasn’t optimistic about their romantic aptitude. Maybe that’s why my novel only lasted 7 pages.

That’s where my choice of inspirational quotes comes in (you know I would get to it sometime). I never stopped believing that a book was in me and that I would get it out. I held on to that feeling. Now, I’m holding on to a very thick three-ring binder that holds the working draft of my memoir.

Someday you will see my book in a book store (real or virtual). How do I know this? I just can’t stop believing. 

If you want to enjoy a great a Capella group singing Journey’s signature song, click here. But be warned, you’ll be humming or singing this tune all day, much to the possible annoyance of your co-workers, friends, family, and maybe even pets. Of course, you might infect them with the toe-tapping, head-bobbing bug. Wouldn’t that be just perfect?

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