Change & the Crucible of Growth
I was a weird kid, growing up. Friends made allowances, out of familiarity provided I didn’t make them uncomfortable. But by seventh grade, my peers’ patience had atrophied & by eighth grade, it was painfully obvious I wasn’t cool and would never be. The kinds of things I read, the way I spoke and some of the things I did set me apart–usually in ways adding nothing to my standing.
In retrospect, I think I needed to grow into my identity. Okay, okay…I’m still growing into it. But these days, I don’t rattle around inside myself, as when I was younger. Which doesn’t mean the struggle is over–it’s just less intimidating.
My struggles weren’t (and aren’t) remarkable–and way less painful than many of our brothers and sisters endure, both around the block & around the world. These days I am inspired by what others have weathered and overcome to thrive. But for me and (perhaps) most of us, struggles are most impactful when they are personal. They are relevant (painfully, sometimes) precisely because they are personal. The same can be said of West of Tomorrow, my first novel.
West of Tomorrow–A Story of Becoming
The original title was “Half an Hour West of Tomorrow,” but I shortened it because it was well, shorter. Oh…and if fit more comfortably on the cover. But either way, the words in the title point to the dilemma we all face personally and together in the broader global village we share.
So…where are we when we’re “West of tomorrow?” Individually, west of tomorrow is the self-defining dilemma most of us face at least once. For some of us (either by accident or design) it is one of a series of dilemmas. But sooner or later, we find ourselves balancing precariously on the knife’s edge of choices real, inexorable & irrevocable. We may choose or choose not to choose, but either way, we will never be the same. From the global perspective, west of tomorrow is a series of decisions we make–actively or passively–that will determine our collective fate.
In West of Tomorrow, each of the characters in the story finds themselves half an hour west of their tomorrow. The faint glow of light in the east is for each of them, both potential and warning. Each character will be shaped forever by their choices–choices made against the backdrop of events they understand imperfectly and don’t control. West of Tomorrow is a nuanced tale of human frailty and the phoenix in all of us, set in a time of shifting paradigms and flexible ethics. Coming in 2014 in ebook and paperback.