Like many writers, I often wonder how much of an audience I am actually reaching. This is not surprising when you consider how lonely the endeavor the writing process can be. I feel this mostly in the quiet of the evening when I snap my laptop shut and let the scene and the characters retreat for awhile.
I was encouraged last Spring during an impromptu moto trip in Baja. Some of my friends were going to a remote cove on the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula to take advantage of some perfect, overhead surf. The Spring usually brings a swell that lines up just right and kicks up some huge waves. When this happens, my young friends drop everything and race down to the legendary surf spots of Baja.
After my friends called, I packed lightly and headed south on my BMW F 800 GSA adventure moto to be part of the gran adventura. The ride into the area they had set up camp consisted of a winding dirt trail that crossed the coastal mountains weaving through small settlements and ranchos. Recent rains complicated this ride with mud and wash outs but, overall, it was a typical run to the coast in Baja. Typical, until I accelerated out of a water crossing only to meet a drop off into a ravine where runoff had taken a whole section of the trail.
After picking up my bike and straightening the handle bars, I made my own trail and reached the cliffs overlooking the surf spot. It was amazing and well worth the ride in, as though you really need any reason to ride on two wheels. Huge waves kicked up on the off shore reefs creating perfect sets. I watched in awe as my friends streaked across the face of these racing giants. The juxtaposition between the power of the sea and agile but frail specks of the surfers curving across the face of the waves was mesmerizing. It was beautiful.
I parked my bike next to a small encampment of surfers and made my way down to the beach below to get a closer look. There were clusters of admirers sitting on the beach quietly watching. As I stood on the shore against the cliffs, I noticed a young woman crouched, cross-legged reading a book. It seemed odd to be nosed in a book with all the beauty and acrobatics just offshore. She looked up and briefly smiled at me and returned to her book. That was when I noticed she was reading my book, Almost Human!
She sensed I was starring and looked back up.
“How do you like the book?” I asked.
She smiled and replied, “I love it. I can’t put it down.”
Before she could returned to it, I continued, “You know, that’s my book.”
See frowned and replied. “No it isn’t. I bought it on Amazon.”
I smiled and returned to my bike.
12 thoughts on “You Know, That’s My Book….”
BRILLIANT!! How totally cool! That’s just too much. You should be very, very encouraged!
I was and I am. Often since, I have wondered about the odds of that happening. Something in me felt I should leave it at that, open ended, and walk away. It all seemed bigger than me.
Reblogged this on INSPIRATION with an ATTITUDE and commented:
Okay, all you writing/blogging people! Ken is someone I’ve followed for almost two years now (WOW!) I was privileged to interview him for his first book, but even published writers can get discouraged. So check out this post and….be ENCOURAGED!! ~~dawnlizjones
Thanks for the kind words, Dawn. Your interview was really insightful. Your questions really made me think of my craft and voice as a writer. Warm regards.
I don’t know how anyone could be so humble! I would have gloated. Amazing.
I’m old at writing; new at blogging. The idea of reblogging/reposting is like the writer’s conclaves we’d have in somebody’s kitchen back-in-the-day. This is a good way to start my day — encouraged by the post, the reblog by dawnlizjones, and my continuing education in this medium. Query — I interpret that she didn’t ask you to sign the book.
No, I don’t think she every realized I wrote it. She just thought I claimed I own it! 🙂 I agree that blogging has become a new kind of conclave for us. Warm regards.
Wow!! Congratulations! 😀
Thanks for the kind words,JD!
Brilliant!! And I love how you didn’t clarify you had written the book.
The whole interchange seemed bigger than me so I thought I should just move on and let it play out on its own. 🙂
Great and funny story! Not saying you actually wrote the book made it even funnier that it didn’t connect with her. LOL! Great storytelling!