Have you ever felt like you missed a calling of something you were meant to do? I'm 44 and I still joke that I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Ten years ago I never thought I'd be writing children's stories. In fact, when I think back of when I was little, the only thing I really remember wanting to be was a veterinarian. That was short lived, and after working for a pet clinic, I realized it wasn't my calling. I loved that job and I'd do it again if I could, but I wouldn't want to be the actual vet.
The night before last, I stayed up until 4am working on a rewrite of a picture book. As some of you know, my first experience writing came to me after visiting Glacier National Park. We didn't live in Montana at the time and we were on vacation when I saw my first mountain goat. For some reason, that trip inspired me to write a story for kids. I sent it out to every publisher there was and they all rejected it. That was around 6 years ago, and knowing what I know now, I understand why it was turned down. Since then, it's been rewritten in several different ways, including from fiction to nonfiction.
Yesterday I was playing around with my manuscript and formatting it how I thought it would look best in book form. I haven't even typed it in manuscript form yet -- that's what I mean about missing my calling. I typed it up in book format, complete with cover, title page, pictures, page numbers, about the author, website page, even back cover. I guess that's jumping the gun a whole lot, especially since I haven't had much luck with this topic before. That's just how I work. I have to see things laid out. I'm a control freak when it comes to how things look. I do that with everything, even my blog and Facebook pages. Years ago I did a small desktop publishing business from home. I made business cards, flyers, posters, brochures, newsletters, and stuff like that. I loved it. I often wonder what I could have done if I had formal training. As much as I love writing stories for children, I would be thrilled to be the one in charge of designing them in book format. I think it's something I could be really good at, if given the chance.
What are you really good at?