A Book Without Pictures

The writing of a book is one of the most complex, colourful, brimming-with-twists-and-turns projects a person can undertake, but the many different challenges and obstacles encountered during the writing period—which, in some cases, can span years—are quickly forgotten when the time comes for publication. At this stage begins an exhilarating, indescribable journey towards that pivotal end moment of holding the book, in its physical form, in your hands. The tangible outcome of intangible investment; emotions, time, ideas and imaginative scenarios. Flicking through the finished book, skim-reading page after page of black letters on white pages, is such a humbling moment.

Next time, however, I want more. I want pictures; not only printed words. Pictures. I want to flick through the complete book and see flashes of difference, a break in the text, something else to further separate this book from countless millions of others.

This is one element that sets aside the AQH project from anything else I have tackled and considered so far.

The AQH project is something that has been close to my heart, burning deep in my soul, for years, and is a work I still find daunting to tackle. My desperation to make it something memorable and inspiring, distinct from others of its kind, weighs on my shoulders every time I try to pick up the metaphorical pen. The weight emphasises the fear of not making this book as special as I need it to be. But I know my fears will subside when this part of the journey is complete. Until then, a welcome distraction from my reservations and contemplations is pictures. After all, what is the use of a book without pictures?

I have a friend who I first met 18 years ago, who is so much of an inspiration to me in the way she lives her life and how she approaches all goals in her life. She has recognised my love for all things related to my AQH project, and often surprises me with little gifts and thoughts to brighten my day. She is also a talented illustrator (I prefer doodler!), her imagination pulling little sketchings from a place I could never dream of accessing! And so, with all of this in mind, I have asked for her expertise and input with the AQH project.

The third little snippet for the project arrived in my Inbox last night, and, as with any time I receive an email from her, I opened it up with excitement and anticipation, and was not disappointed when I saw the beginnings of her latest creation. She is incredible, and I feel her parchment inkings will give this huge project an additional little sparkle; something special and magical to give this work that extra definition.

The daunting weight of writing seems to lighten when, as an author, I gain a little bit of insight, a glimmer of perspective, into the finished article; how it will unfold, how it will look, the emotions it will inspire. All of this keeps me motivated and focused on maintaining momentum in fulfilling what is one of my biggest ever goals. I only hope that the outcome will create the reaction I am hoping to garner, and that I can feel I have done justice to the many years and countless imaginings directed towards achieving this dream.

The AQH Project

The AQH Project has been, for the longest time, nothing more than an idea; a wispy cloud of thought with only the most fleeting flutters of sparkle and stardust. But in the years it has taken me finding the courage to begin seriously considering writing this book, the tiny nothingness glimmers of ‘possibly something’ have grown and developed into something more believable, more feasible and more beautiful.

Where this project is concerned, it has taken the longest time to find within myself the strength to put pen to paper, with my doubt and procrastination all stemming from a lack of faith and self-belief (Can I actually do this?). But over the last 10–11 months, after experiencing betrayal and deceit that reached a level I could never have imagined, I somehow found a way to channel my broken self into this long-held objective, and from that soul-splintering pain, the AQH project’s flame was finally ignited.

Progress has been slow-going since first starting, with some element of fear still holding me back. But whenever those chattering doubts creep into the back of my mind, I pull out the passages written so far, and read. I read as if I am impartial, and I am transported to a different land where anything is possible; where time is wound backwards and forwards all at once; where the heartache and sickening memories are gone, never to have happened, and the AQH project is a success.

With a little passion and self-belief, I expect that the AQH project will be revealed in all its whimsical beauty on September 14, 2015, ready for purchase and download on November 22, 2015. Before this point, however, teasing excerpts, cover design and character insights will all grace my site, so don’t journey too far…