I have, in my hands, my very own copy of the Dragonfruit Anthology.
I submitted my writing for consideration 484 days ago. I learned 447 days ago that it had been accepted for inclusion along with the writing of 25 other women.
The days and weeks since then have seen the nurturing of this project through editing, signing agreements, selection of a title and the development of the cover imagery towards the hatching of the book itself in electronic and paper formats. Now this beautiful book is ready to fly.
Step by step this day has moved tantalisingly closer. I received the electronic version a few weeks back but still I have had such a longing to hold the paper version in my hands. That day has finally come.
I knew the book had arrived last week, and was waiting for me in Bangkok. I knew that I would only be able to collect it during office hours so have waited patiently over the weekend knowing that it was also patiently waiting for me to arrive and claim it. I just missed a sky train and when I did finally reach the building, the lift unusually stopped at almost every floor, stretching that time impossibly. I tried to tell myself that it might not be there, that the package waiting for me could be something else. But I stubbornly refused to listen!
When I finally reached the right door and was handed my package, the Hong Kong postage banished any concerns I had that this was not my wished-for copy.
This is a day I have dreamed of for decades. The day I would hold a book with my own writing in it.
I have learned a great deal as I have been gently accompanied the process to prepare and publish this book, and more than ever I am compelled to strive to realise the writing projects I am currently incubating.
But for today, I am bathing in the satisfaction of leafing through the pages of this beautiful book and I am beyond delighted to see it come to life.