“IT HAS LONG SINCE COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT PEOPLE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT RARELY SAT BACK AND LET THINGS HAPPEN TO THEM, THEY WENT OUT AND HAPPENED TO THINGS.” –– Leonardo De Vinci
Last July, I was napping, or at least trying to nap, before a night shift one day and I had plots coming at me very quickly. But the one that made me sit up and write it down was when I thought, “What if Mr. Darcy had a frontal lobe injury?” For those of you who do not know, I am a Neurological ICU nurse and love my job, but there are times when it takes all the patience in the world to take care of a head injury. Think back long and hard when you were studying anatomy and physiology in Biology class. Do you remember what the frontal lobe controls? It is where complex thought, personality, emotion, memory, and reasoning is processed. Patients with frontal lobe injuries are sometimes the most difficult to take care of because they physically are fine. They are what we term “walkie talkies” cause their speech and motor functions are fine, however . . . they are NOT fine! They tend to be very emotional, impulsive, combative, irrational, confused, and they perseverate on things. One is constantly trying to convince them they cannot get out of bed and that they really did have a car accident (or fall, or stroke, or any other brain injury). It is very taxing to take care of these patients because they usually have a good sense of long term memory so they recognize family and friends and they can tell you their life’s story (fun to listen to!), but they cannot process what is currently happening to them. For example, if they feel the need to go to the bathroom, sometimes they cannot articulate that need because they cannot process the sensation, and you cannot reason with them so they are usually very argumentative or emotionally volatile. You find yourself repeating the same things over and over again because they perseverate on the same things so you are constantly reassuring them and describing their limitations and why they are in restraints. I think you get the picture. . .
As I was laying there and trying to go to sleep, I asked myself, “What if Mr. Darcy had a frontal lobe injury?” What if he lost all ability to have rational complex thought, was emotionally labile, had memory problems, and most importantly, what if he perseverated on the one thing that he wanted most: proposing and winning Elizabeth’s hand in marriage? I remember sitting up and quickly getting my journal out and writing down the idea to think on a bit more. It took me less than 24 hours to write a plot outline for this book because I could see all sorts of things happening to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy because of his head injury. To sum it all up, Pride and Persistence is Pride and Prejudice meets 50 first Dates (proposals).
As I said above, I have officially started the editing process and the cover painting has begun. I have already gone through the self-publishing process with Mr. Darcy’s Promise, available since July on Amazon.com, so I had two main thoughts go through my head as we began the publication process October 1st. The first was I took a deep breath and reminded myself that it took a lot of hard work to publish the last one, almost as much work as a full time job. So I gathered my courage and now I am ready to get to work. I am ready to focus all my attention on Pride and Persistence. I am ready to have all my free time be consumed. I am ready to perseverate.
The second thing that went through my mind was a huge sense of pride. The publication process is so thrilling and each step of the way nearly makes me giddy. Ok, my daughter just corrected me, it DOES make me giddy. Picture this: setting up the scene of the pivotal part of your book so that the painter can have a photo to paint from as she makes an original painting for your book cover. Your very own daughter is the model wearing the perfect regency dress rented from Utah State University Theater department, in front of a 150 year old window with a candelabra lit and reflecting on the window as the sun and candle makes the perfect amount of light to shadow your beautiful daughter’s face. It was so exciting to see a scene from my book come to life. Yes, I agree with my daughter, I was giddy.
So it is not just a little bit ironic, as I delve into the publication process again for Pride and Persistence, that the two things I feel the most is pride in my work, and a need to persist in seeing it through to the end. Yes, Pride and Persistence will require, as well as spark, pride and persistence. I will need a little of both to see a late March publication. But as Leonardo De Vinci said, “It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them, they went out and happened to things.” Publishing Pride and Persistence is my way of going out and making things happen, rather than sitting back and letting things happen to me. A little pride is appropriate for persisting on something until it is accomplished. Ok, I think you get the picture. . . now who is perseverating? Anyway, stay tuned!
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