One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to follow my bliss. Initially I meant to start singing again, and to eventually record a CD this year, just for me to say I’ve done it (followed my bliss) and for something for my kids to have. I thought it would be fun. I have started taking vocal lessons again, after 15 years, and so I am still going to do it.
However, I have also just done something I’ve wanted to do for a while: I (self) published a book. It’s a children’s book called The Duck Who Lost Her Quack.
Okay, time for a bit of “backstory”…When I was much younger (in elementary school), I wrote a short mystery story (I have no idea where it is now, sadly), and a lot of poems. My friend Keri and I even wrote (and performed!) a rap for our grade 8 graduation. (It played over and over again as the family members of graduates came in the school doors and made their way into the gymnasium.) In high school I wrote for the school newspaper, and my friend Sarah and I wrote a little skit for a Christmas assembly one year as well. I went to school for journalism. I know, you get it! I enjoyed writing! Anyway, it’s been quite some time since I’ve done any writing, and I picked it up again when I started working at a radio station. It started as a job requirement to write blogs, and it turned into something else. At the beginning of the year I started this blog. In addition to this blog, I decided to write a children’s book. Again, it was so that I could follow my bliss, and so that I could have something to show my kids. They love books and reading, and so it would be perfect. Luckily an idea popped into my head immediately, and I wrote it quite quickly. I put a call out on Facebook for an illustrator to work for free (!), and lo and behold a former schoolmate of mine from university answered that call. She recently went to OCAD, and is a talented artist. AND YESTERDAY I PUBLISHED IT! The great thing about technological advancements is that it was relatively easy to publish my own book. I just used a simple program, and now it’s there, for anyone to buy. Here’s the thing: A number of family and friends have purchased a copy, which is unbelievable and fantastic! They’re doing it to support me, and because it’s kind of cool to say you know the author of a book, right?! Anyway, it’s on blurb.ca and blurb.com (you would have to search for Shannon Mercer or The Duck Who Lost Her Quack), and there is absolutely no markup. I am making no money from this. It’s simply for the joy of it. The cost is for Blurb to print the book. I just wanted to tell you about it, because I’m pretty excited!