Inspirational

If it Were Easy, Anybody Could Do It …

Bob Brashears and Carole

Editor Bob and Author Carole Jean

And we’re not just anybody! 

Edinexo

Efrén, Carole Jean and Evelyn

As a newly self-published author, I have a heightened respect for anybody who ventures into such a project. It takes a village! I would have been lost without my village. At times, it was the blind leading the blind, but we did it! And had fun along the way.

Writing the book was the easy part, and that was NOT easy. Bob Brashears is a man of many talents, one of which is brilliant editing. He not only found blatant errors, but made gentle suggestions for improving my stories. He helped me learn nuances with Microsoft Word, the DropBox program, and how to share and edit files while in two different locations. This may seem elementary to some, but to me, it is rocket science.

Speaking of rocket science, the talented printing team at Edinexo Printing, Efrén and Evelyn perform miracles and embrace me as family.  I was introduced to this amazing team by Deacon Blake, author of “Mercenary Justice,” and the soon to be released sequel “Mercenary Vengeance.” Deacon publishes his books online and Edinexo handles his paperback printing.

This is the third project I have completed with Efrén and Evelyn, and each time they have displayed more talent and dedication than the time before. I had set myself an unreasonable  deadline for the completion of “Flying High with Carole Jean.” It came about because of a posting made on a Facebook page called “Stewardesses of the 1960’s and 70’s.” Yes, there is such a page, and it has over seven thousand members. There was a gathering initiated and planned by Nancy Duke and Coni Binkley scheduled for May 1 in Atlanta, Georgia. I had written a few chapters of my airline memoir, and with this meeting coming up, I vowed to attend with book in hand. I had a built-in audience!

When I told my good friend and editor, Bob, my plan he shook his head. The best way to get me to do something is to tell me I can’t do it. Although I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, I spent my second and third year in Kansas City, Missouri. The “Show-Me” state must have rubbed off on me, because it only takes that challenge for me to set my jaw and dig in. I had sixty days to get my manuscript to the printer! My goal for the book was fifty thousand words, which translates to about 250 pages. If I wrote a thousand words a day, I could do it!

Some said, “Impossible!”

I said, “I’ll show you!”

I dug in. I spent days at the keyboard, sometimes only leaving for the necessaries, and to take Toby, my extra-large Chocolate Lab, for his walks. That is a given. If I wait too long for the walk, a giant paw comes thwapping down on my keyboard and the writing stops. Mid-sentence, mid-word – When Toby has “had it,” it’s time for the walk. Period.

I discovered a new technique. I carried a notebook and pen with me on the walks. The problem was the glasses – even though they are progressive, with the reading portion at the bottom of the lens and the “distance” section at the top, I kept looking through the wrong part and stumbling around on the hilly road, looking like an uncoordinated idiot. Fortunately, there are very few people on the road so the only ones that would laugh and snicker were the ever-present weed-whackers, and they barely noticed me as they focused on their work-at-hand cutting tall grass and dodging snakes.Yeah, my neighborhood, Roca Verde, in Atenas, Costa Rica is known for snakes.

I had asked Bob, super-editor, if I should send him chapters as I wrote them or send the whole book at once. I did not like the answer: send it all at once!

I got to forty thousand words, looked at the calendar, and decided to cut myself short. After the editing, we ended up with about forty-five thousand words, and a polished piece that made a decent showing at just over two hundred pages to just abut fit the attention span of the average reader in today’s mega-busy society.

Bob and I suffered many challenges, including sitting side-by-side editing printed manuscripts while burning embers from the Roca Verde brush-fire were flying by with ashes landing on the pages. I refused to stop in spite of it. I had a deadline dammit! I had to get the final Word file to Efrén by the next day to assure delivery in time for the Atlanta event.

Stewardess in Jet

Carole Jean in the jet engine

Hooray! We did it. And a book was made! It was well received at the event. I carried seventy pounds of books in my suitcase, and I-don’t-know-how-many in my carry-on.  It was worth it, but it wasn’t easy.

Well – if it were easy, anybody could do it.

And we’re not just anybody!  

Flying High with Carole Jean

Carole Jean with Books

Available on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Flying-High-Carole-Jean-Connolly-ebook/dp/B00XD7ULWE

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22 thoughts on “If it Were Easy, Anybody Could Do It …

  1. Thanks for your write up on Poco Cielo some time ago. We took most of Easter week there this year and avoided the madness.  Jim From: carole jean’s capers To: jim_rankin@ymail.com Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:23 PM Subject: [New post] If it Were Easy, Anybody Could Do It … #yiv7347184898 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7347184898 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7347184898 a.yiv7347184898primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7347184898 a.yiv7347184898primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7347184898 a.yiv7347184898primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7347184898 a.yiv7347184898primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7347184898 WordPress.com | CaroleJean’sCapers@wordpress.com posted: “And we’re not just anybody! As a newly self-published author, I have a heightened respect for anybody who ventures into such a project. It takes a village! I would have been lost without my village. At times, it was the blind leading the blind” | |

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  2. Reading Flying High right now! Loving every minute of every adventure! I’m so very proud of you, Carole! You so deserve all of the praise that you’re receiving! Hope we see you one of these days soon, in person, not on one of those late night talk shows!!! Good luck & lots of love!
    Bernie

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  3. Congrats CJ! I can’t wait to read it. Every once in a while I drive to Atenas to buy coffee at the co-op there. I’ll write in advance and hopefully be able to buy a copy! If you have an outlet in Santana or Escazu let me know where and I will pick one up sooner. gk

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    | | | dear Carole sister… You sure are an amazing lady! You have much to be proud of you are a real good “soul” to write a book like that takes  alot of substance and perseverence of which you have never ran short of thru-out your life…I admire your talent & beauty & am very happy you accomplished what you wanted to…Can’t wait to read this MASTERPIECE…It will be great fun to know my own sister wrote it! Of course you have always been a great asset to the family …mama must be so happy & proud of you Chelsea & Tyler and all of us..Thank-you for making us all so proud of you Carole… You are a positive prolific spirit! Love, Linda Sue aka Jacqui…kissy to Toby! what a feat! Blessings to you many times….hugs galourYou are so clever & witty! Please tell Bob hello for me too….he is “tops” so glad you are so happy  with him and work so well together…I really like him alot…He is “one of a kind” Have fun in Atenas… Snakes there? have you seen any? I’m sure…  C O G R A D U L A T I O N S ! you are a “diamondin the rough” ! I love you xo xo xo |

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  5. It was such fun meeting you at the Stewardess reunion in Atlanta! The minute I laid eyes on you I knew I had met my match…..What memories we made in such a short time……(running through Walmart on Cleveland Avenue in red suede stilettos!) and so much more… I have devoured the book and can’t wait for your next one……..Pat

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    • Thanks, Pat! Yes, INSTANT sisterhood. At first meeting – Oh,and YOU walking around the lobby of a fancy hotel carrying a”Moan” part for a faucet. I have no doubt you could have fixed it yourself WITH full make-up and perfectly coiffed hair! You are my “Can-Do!” sister. So happy to have met you! More fun stories/memories to come.

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  6. Loved your new post! Wow, you really did it Carole Jean. You got through the writing and produced an absolutely hilarious and colorful book. Good on you and your Editor/Publisher friends.

    Can’t wait to talk to you when you get back stateside. Travel safely with Mr. Toby. All love Linda

    _____

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  7. Carol, I just finished your book. It was so entertaining, can’t take it down.
    I really enjoyed reading the era, the “innocent time” when our life not tied down
    with million regulations. You are so talented, and funny. I wish you never slow down,
    Ride your life in stilettos to the end. But before please write more! Cheers! Susanna

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