It Is A High Mountain

It is a high mountain.

From taking of notes, to a 100 page book is a difficult climb. It is like viewing a picturesque scene. We see a mountain range. As we become nearer to it, it becomes evident the peaks are further away than imagined. The climb begins and we realise getting to the summit is going to be a long process. From a distance it seems the advance will take a day. The reality is in fact weeks of endeavour is needed to reach the summit.

I have climbed the mountain ‘Second Chance’ is now complete.

The process was far more involved than imagined. The next time you enter a book shop, consider you are looking at a mountain range, when you pick up the book you are at the bottom of the climb and the writer has had to plan and map the route.  He or she has to write, edit, write some more. Prune again, grow some more and then the writer realises there is an important aspect missing and another chapter is added. At some point the writer has to stop or the book will never be finished. There is much more to write and common sense say’s ‘The reader will understand’. When the decision is made, the writer is at the summit. The view from the top is spectacular. Now the flag needs to be unravelled, an announcement made. People will buy the book, read it, recommend it, buy it as a gift. It is written for everyone who is seriously ill and facing major surgery. It is also written for the family and friends of those who are ill.

My book ‘Second Chance’ it is a true story. A real life experience and a complex one. At some point during the writing of ‘Second Chance’ I realised how many people are involved in the story. It is humbling, thought provoking, enlightening to consider the incredible kindness and dedication of those who worked to give me my second chance of life. Certain ways of thinking about the different aspects have to be expressed in a clear way which can be understood. Aspects such as the donor, transplant team, family, recovery, finances are all part of the story and one has, to some degree become emotionally separated from the events so the ideas have an impact and are thought provoking. As a result the book is written, re-written, proofread and amended. I am amazed to discover the proofreader, does not get the manuscript word perfect first, second or even third time around. If you are a writer you’ll understand this.

The objective was for ‘Second Chance’ to fulfil a purpose. It is a body of ideas, which combine the emotional, personal aspects with the hard facts. A lady asked me ‘Campbell, I’m awaiting a transplant, how do you cope with the tragedy of the donors death?’ The answer to her question is found within the book. Not as a definitive answer (this cannot be possible) there is a subjective opinion. The essence of which is life is precious and survival is within the core of every humans psyche. It is my personal feeling, a seed of thought, a meditation. ‘Second Chance’ is not a hand book of recovery. The book does not offer miracle cures or definitive answers. It is a book of thanks, celebration of life, determination to overcome fear. My book is about, love, friendship and human resolve. My words are intentionally forthright, serious illness is not a game, reality and facing facts are powerful medicines.

You are able to download ‘Second Chance’ from the link below. Click on the book image it will take you to kindle. The paperback copy will be available shortly. If you wish to be informed with regard to availability email me at campbell-wallace@hotmail.com .

See you soon – Live well

Campbell

Proofreading

60th Birthday

Here I am at a special land mark. Sixty years of life. You can see from the picture my physical shape was non to good. Look below at the cover picture of my soon to be published book the changes are incredible.

Campbell Wallace Second Chance B:C
Campbell Wallace Second Chance B:C

Patience is an asset needed when waiting for a transplant. So much depends on other people and their expertise. Here is the lesson for you all today. If you want something to be good sometimes you have to let the experts take control and you have to have the patience to allow them to do their work. When I raced rally cars much of the victory was in the preparation. Watching gifted drivers lose the race because the car is poorly prepared is a sorry experience even though the desire is to beat them! It is exactly like life. Enter the race poorly prepared or before the foundations are deep enough there may well be problems ahead.

Many of the chapters in ‘Second Chance’ can be tough reading, remember though I wrote it for those who may have to face a major challenge. To win when life is pretty good is difficult. To win when the odds are beginning to stack up needs strength and patience. Strength comes from the inner being, family and friends is the preparation.  The power of patience, clear understanding and faith in the wisdom of those who care is the race.

The proofreader is saying no later than the 14th May for my final read through, hopefully non to many changes and the book will be on Kindle and available from Amazon as a paperback as soon as the final tweaks are made. If you are going to write a book think about a commitment of a year and the time scale will be near. I’ll guide you to one real lesson. Never rush the proofreader.