A tick on my bucket list

I’m excited about the publication of my first little book. It’s only been a few months in the writing, but it’s been a good few years in the planning. I don’t mean that One Woman’s Verses vs Cancer has taken years to plan, what I mean is that the goal of holding a book in my hand that is ‘written by Jane Milne‘ has been some years in the planning.

‘Write a book’ has always been high on my bucket list and mid-life seems to have brought with it the permission I needed to just bloody well get on and do it.

It might not be the blockbusting novel that dreams are made of, but I’m proud of it all the same. My printer keeps referring to it as a booklet but I am defiant in my determination to refer to my first publication as a book. It may well only be 28 pages long and it may well not be perfect-bound but, according to the Oxford Dictionary, a book is:

‘A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers…’

One Woman’s Verses vs Cancer is most definitely a written work consisting of pages (a small number, but still pages) held together along one side (with saddle stitch staples, but still held together) and bound in a cover (with a thick paper cover, but still a cover).

Yup, this particular item on my bucket list has almost been well and truly ticked. I’m hoping to take delivery of the finished article from my printer next week. In the meantime, here’s a little preview of what’s in store for readers of my first little book:

Keep Looking Up

It’s hard to keep ahead if you keep looking to the ground

All you’ll see is tarmac while your wheels are spinning round

Lift your head and raise your eyes above your handlebars

See how bright the sun is or the beauty in the stars.

Even in your darkest days while cycling through the rain

Looking up might see you through your treatment or your pain

Share the ride with people who will let you lead the way

Then you’ll find a clearer path to help you through each day

© Jane Milne 2014

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