In 2015 I read 150 books. More specifically, by December 8th, 2015, I read 150 books. I stopped reading for a bit after achieving that milestone, not picking up a book again until January 2016.
If you do the math, it’s about one book for every 2.4 days. In honesty, however, the vast majority of those books were read in a day, with breaks in reading for a day or two between books. I have always been a big reader. My e-reader is ALWAYS with me. I read on public transit, read instead of watching TV, and even read while walking to pick up my kids from school. But reaching 150 books in one year was a lot of books, even for me. When I reached the milestone, I stopped and paused. I obviously love books. Always have. Maybe it was time. Time to see if I could write my own book.
Many years ago, while working in Human Resources in a department store, my manager was facilitating a career planning workshop for the staff. She started the workshop by asking everyone there to tell her our fantasy job. Fantasy job? This is not something I had ever thought about. I went to University intending to study English and History, hoping to become a high school teacher. I ended up getting a B.A. in Psychology instead. After University, I went to community college to study Human Resources Management, which is how I ended up in the Human Resources department at an upscale department store for many years.
I had never in my life thought about what I would LOVE to do as a career, only what I wouldn’t mind doing. But that day in that career planning seminar, I closed my eyes and for the first time acknowledged to myself what my fantasy job would be. What I really wanted to do, from the deepest part of my heart, was to be a writer.
That career planning workshop was more than twelve years ago. I’ve had a lot more education since then, and several other careers, but have never done anything to work towards my “fantasy” career. Now, it’s time to see if I can make my fantasy come true.
The day I finished reading my 150th book in 2015, I started outlining my first novel. And a little over a month later, I finished my goal of 75,000 words. The manuscript needed a lot of work, but the first draft was done. No matter what happens after that point, no one can take that from me. I wrote a book. Now lets see what I can do with this monster I have created. Can I make my fantasy job come true?