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    A Book

    08.26.2015 / WORK

    Well, I’m writing a book.

    I’ve been writing it for, oh, five months, and I have nearly one month to go, and whoa, that is soon, isn’t it?

    I will not stop blogging. Writing in these wee hours of the morning is the best thing for me, it is just the best thing for me. It is personal, and therapeutic, and enjoyable, and it is hard, yes, but in the good way of hard, like when you swallow a big chunk of food you were choking on – an apple, a steak – and it hurts, but suddenly you can breathe again.

    And if I grow a bit more silent here, it is not the workload. It is because I am a little bit terrified, and a lot bit excited, and a little bit terrified again.

    The idea of printed matter, of a book, of a treatise, is quite literally, black and white. It is paper and ink, hard type and soft pages, and it is a format I am not well-versed in creating.

    For the past decade, and longer, I have grown accustomed to the grey-ness of the screen. Even now, as I type this at roughly 5am, the backlit glow of my laptop screen makes these words lighter, more transient, as if they’re floating. There is nothing tangible here, nothing carved in stone, nothing that I cannot backspace and reinvent, or delete and forget. I know the Internet is forever, but it seems as if it’s not, as if it’s for today and will drift quietly into ether.

    A book does not feel this way. It feels intimidating and complete, a period. A statement. An exercise in contrast. Black and white, it is simply that.

    Black and white.

    I want to write something I’m deeply proud of, that hopefully you’re deeply proud of, too. I want to write something that does not float away, something that is weighted with words I haven’t yet spoken and truths I haven’t yet shared.

    And so, I am getting to work, and I will still meet you here each week, and if I am absent, it is because I am wordless, or a bit fragile, or perhaps because I am nursing a cold, or taking Bee to the park.

    It is not a marketing strategy, and I will not save my best for something you must buy on Amazon. Stories and thoughts and perspectives, these things are not scarce, and so I will keep writing them down as best as I can, as often as I can.

    This will be exhilarating.

    It will be hard, and good, as most beautiful things are.

    And so, I suppose I wanted to also say thank you.

    Thank you for reading the grey, and thank you for those who will read the black and white, and for those of you won’t, because you’ll be wordless, or a bit fragile, or perhaps nursing a cold, or taking your child to the park.

    Thank you for journeying, for soldiering, for forging your own path.

    It will be exhilarating.

    It will be hard, and good, as most beautiful things are.

    • Congratulations! I am very much looking forward to reading!

      • Thank you so, so much, Janette! I hope you love it as much as I have loved the process! :)

    • YAY! This is such wonderful news. I’m excited for those who have yet to encounter your writing who will pick up your book somewhere along the way and find the connection they’ve been longing for. (And for those of us who already know what a gift you are, I’m excited for us too :))

      This is my favorite and I want to remember it for every time I feel like my words don’t matter because there are so many already out there – “Stories and thoughts and perspectives, these things are not scarce, and so I will keep writing them down as best as I can, as often as I can.”

      • Oh sweet Jackie, thank you for your kindness. You are such an encourager!

        And YES, YES, a hundred times YES. No two stories are the same, and all of them matter. I can’t wait to hear as many of yours as possible. :)

    • So happy for you and excited to see your book! You are my favorite online writer : ).

    • Anonymous

      This is just the best news! On many occasions I have thought how I wish I had one of your books on my nightstand to pick up over and over again. You are a beautiful soul, Erin.

    • EEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait!!! Congratulations!

    • Laura

      Hooray!!! Congratulations!! You are one of my favorite writers, and I can’t wait to read your book :)

      • Oh thank you Laura!!! You are so kind! I can’t wait to share it with you. :)

    • Oh this excites me more than you know! You, girl, have a way with words that reaches down to the deepest of the deep of my soul, and I find myself nodding… yes, yes, yes…. And, now to have a book full of these wise words!! Oh hooray!!

      • Oh goodness, I’m so honored to have you read these words. Thank you, friend!!!

    • Lisa

      A book?! By YOU! A million times YESSSSSSSSSSSS!

    • I am so excited for this, Erin. Congrats!!! I can’t wait to read the black and white ;)

      • Oh my goodness, thank you friend! I’m so excited to share it!

    • So eager to see what comes from you in black and white. Bravo already!

      • Oh Jamie, thank you! Your continued encouragement has kept me going for many months!

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