Tuesday, April 24, 2012

To the Pole and Back

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored" on April 24, 2012 -- the official publication date of Like Any Normal Day, by my husband, Mark Kram Jr. It's very surreal to think of his book being unpacked from boxes and placed out on tables in Barnes & Noble and fine independent booksellers like http://www.jacksonst-books.com/?page=shop/privacy Jackson Street Books!

Writing this book, for my husband and me, was kind of like setting out on a journey to reach the North Pole. We didn't know if we would ever make it, and we weren't prepared for the ordeal of getting there and back again.

I like to use metaphors, and this is an apt one. Extending now:

Let's say Mark was an explorer who had done Arctic expeditions before, but never all the way to the Pole. And I was confident he could make it, but whoa. What a trip! We have both come back changed. Not for better or worse. Just changed.

Like a wilderness sojourn, this story tested our bond and our resolve. Mark had to immerse himself into other peoples' lives and try to understand the thoughts and dreams of a quadriplegic man. I was just starting a brand new job too, with a steep learning curve and no margin for error. Some days it did feel like a teetering sled, pulled by poor, exhausted, under-fed Buck ... just trying to get us there.

While he worked on his book, Mark kept his day job in the dwindling print journalism industry. He also wrote a monthly column of 2,000 words for a magazine in South Africa. Another metaphor: If he was John Henry, he would have beaten that steam-driven hammer by a country mile. I never saw anyone work harder, keep more balls moving in the air.

Sometimes we ask the rhetorical question: If we knew then what we know now, would Mark have embarked on this literary challenge? Whenever we are tempted to say no, always in the back of my mind comes the thought that it's better to get frostbite on an epic journey than to stay and stagnate in your comfort zone.

And so we have come to pub date. The journey is not over. It's just entering a new phase. My guess is that it will never really end until we do. Writing is like that.


BBC said...

Great, now you have gotten so batty that you're just a book sales whore for a book that is never going to change anything.

I wouldn't buy a copy if you tossed in a blow job.

alex said...

Please delete the above comment post haste. I DESPISE pathetically negative crap like that. And don't worry, none of us would consider it censorship.

Anonymous said...

I thought you'd banned this fellow. Apparently he's crept back through the Door of Night, like Morgoth. Rodger C

Anonymous said...

BBC how dare you. Didn't your mother ever teach you any manners?
Remember if you don't say anything nice to say, don't say anything at all and while you are at it just don't brreathe.

Anne Johnson said...

I'm going to leave Billy's comment up because it's so very pathetic. But Billy, be warned: No more. None.

Vest said...

Ah billy BBC, spelt with a lower case B. So you finally Expose yourself for what you are,simply put a "dirty old man with the morals of an allycat.

Kaylyn said...

Wow... just wow...

Anonymous said...

Billy the smelly billy goat
Try 'Now you have got'
Dirty Silly billy,crawl back into your cesspit.