When this girl, who abhors tight spaces and is deathly afraid of heights, goes cave diving.
Okay. Not exactly cave diving, as in underwater tanks and fish, but certainly rappelling into the great depths of my mind to find what mysteries lie undiscovered…
In other words: I’ve entered my writing cave.
Every writer braves the solitary element, countless times. One must pass through the gauntlet to arrive safely on the other side.
Our motivation? The promise of the prize. The journey. The destination. While the entire exercise is no easy feat, it is an honored rite of passage.
Harrowing at times, the key to a successful expedition is preparedness. The rest? We trust by faith.
Spelunking is cave exploration (in my phobic mind, to the depths of the earth.) Dangerous. Exciting. Traveling to places no man has gone before. The reward is the ability to share an incredible story.
Entering one’s writing cave has some parallels to spelunking, and I shall heed their common life-saving advice:
- Research to the point of total preparedness
- Bring essential equipment: flashlight, chocolate, Twitter access…
- If you encounter what seems like an impassable block, don’t panic. Take deep breaths until you find your path.
- Embrace the darkness, bravely traversing until you find the light.
- Understand you have to get a little dirty for a big payoff
Writing while spelunking is the epitome of multi-tasking and a challenge I welcome. I shall endeavor to reach out to Twitter daily and Facebook and my blog on an intermittent basis, although it is possible that signal strength during various parts of my journey could be patchy at best.
Pray that I make it out safely in the end.
Notes of well wishes will be greatly welcomed.
If you don’t hear from me for several days in a row, send food. It’s possible we got trapped in a landslide. But don’t worry. I’m not alone. I’ve brought the biggest, baddest, alpha male to keep me company.
Oh, yes. My journey is being guided by Skorpius. I have faith he’ll keep me safe and see this epic odyssey through. He insists on finally sharing his story with the world, after all. The title of the novel I’m working on is Born of Mist and Legend (100% Skorpius approved.)
While I’m negotiating corridors tighter than I’d like to think about until absolutely necessary, please continue to watch over my affairs. The incredible support you’ve shown thus far has been amazing, and has carried both Highland Legends Series titles on the Amazon Best Seller lists since their releases. I trust you all implicitly to guide others in promoting and protecting my books at their tender young age.
(Contact information is listed in the back, in case of emergency.)
Whether you seek to join me in exploring hidden secrets buried deep in
caves history, are taking a lunch break from work, or looking for a relaxing scorching nightcap to an evening, both Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe will keep us connected in our hearts, even if we’re thousands of miles apart.
And should you want to join me in helping those most lost in this world, while enjoying or gifting romantic poetry as we approach Valentine’s Day, please consider a purchase of Utterly Loved.
Happy reading, everyone! And wish me a safe and happy spelunking!
Your humble shoe,
© 2014 by Kat Bastion