For many years, people have been telling me to write a book.
You’re such a good writer, Osh…you have a great way with a story and so much to share with all of us. You should write a book!”
“Yeah, yeah…” I would say. “Maybe one of these days I will get around to doing it.”
Well… “one of these days” turned into a lot of days, and then those days turned into a lot of years. And still the book had yet to be written.
Newsflash, folks – books don’t write themselves.
The whole idea of writing a book finally came to a headways last week when I was sitting in my therapist’s office, pissing and moaning yet again about the state of the world and my lot in life. In another words, I was feeling sorry for myself and going off on yet another pity party.
To which my therapist chimed in with his own thoughts, basically echoing what people have been saying all along:
Well…as long as you have the time and motivation, why not start working on that book you keep saying you want to write? After all, what’s stopping you?
What’s stopping me indeed.
No more excuses. The time is now.
I’m writing a book, folks.
Actually, in many ways the book has already written itself – much of it can be found here on my blog.
It’s a book about Deaf Paganism…about being a Deaf Pagan…about how I merge my identity as a Deaf person with my spirituality as a Pagan.
Chapters will focus on topics such as accessibility to Pagan events, Pagan sign language, parallelisms between Deafhood and Paganism, thoughts about Paganism from the Deaf Community, thoughts about deafness from the Pagan Community, etc.
At this time, I confess I am not doing much (if any) writing. Truth of the matter is that since much of the book is right here at Deaf Pagan Crossroads, the focus at the moment is in going through the blog and finding those posts which I want to put into the book, and then copying and pasting them into a document that I can print off. That will give me a foundation to work with for actually writing the book – adding, removing, rewriting, fleshing out, and all the other tasks that go into writing a book.
So far I’m over 40 pages in the blog post foundation, and I’ve barely begun. I’m guessing that the final book will be around 250 – 275 pages, give or take.
At this time, the working title of the book is “My Goddess Wears Hearing Aids.”
That title may change…then again, it may not. I kinda like it, to be honest.
An ambitious project, yes…but a worthy one, I feel.
It’s a way to leave behind my own legacy.