Harder Than I Thought It Would Be

A friend of mine owns a publishing company here locally, and she had been reading posts on here for quite a while before she came to me with a really good idea.  It was one that my dad had floated, too, but I had not even considered it then.  Even when my friend suggested it, it took me a while to seriously consider actually going through with it.

Their suggestion was that a write a book based off of what I write about so often on here.  Once I was on board, it was just a matter of getting going.

Well, I have been working on the book about our trip to Aspieland, how it all started, and our successes and failures along the way, for about 8 months now.  I was cruising right along heading into last summer, and even printed a preliminary copy for Amber to read and edit, which she did.  And then it kind of all ground to a halt for a few months.  Over the past two or three months though, I have really been making some significant progress.  I was able to get a copy to my friend right around Christmas, and she is reading over it now and making edits and suggestions, and I have been adding more content all the time.  I am having a tough time trying to figure out who to ask to write the foreword for the book, but that is not too major of a problem at this point.

Honestly though, the whole process has been harder than I thought.  Because I strive to be open and honest on here, and to really invite readers into our lives, I knew that I wanted the book to have a similar format.

The book, when it is finally finished and ready for the world, will really dive in to a lot of extra detail that I just don’t have the space on here to include.  It will allow readers to share in the emotions that we have had along the way.  Really and truly, it will be a raw look into our lives.  It is not always pretty, but I am not ashamed of anything I have written so far.

Putting down on paper, and then into a word processor, the story of how we have gotten to where we are today has provided plenty of hurdles along the way.  It has been emotional and difficult at times, and easy at other times; I have written about times I have been frustrated, and times that I have been ecstatic.  Some of what is in there might be difficult for some people to read, but I think all of the content is presented in a fair way.

I hope to have it finished in the next few months, and have it out sometime this summer.  I don’t really think of myself as some sort of author or anything, just a dad who happens to be fortunate enough to be on the adventure of a lifetime.



6 responses

  1. If you get a movie deal out of this, I hope Coach Mike is played by either Russel Crowe or Jonah Hill. In all seriousness, great work buddy. I’m sure the book will be funny, insightful, and heartwarming. Don’t forget, there are two “L”s in Schilling.

    1. I’ll see what I can do with Russell Crowe or Jonah Hill.

    2. Russel Crow or Jonah Hill?? Dude, Maximus Decimus Meridius all the way!

  2. I think this is an awesome idea!! How amazing for Kaitlyn to one day be able to read about all of this! She is incredibly lucky! 😉

    And Mike.. You Crack. Me. Up.

  3. Authors often say when people say they want to write a book what they really mean is they want to have written a book, and it’s because of exactly what you’re talking about here. It’s an emotional, lengthy, humbling process. Good for you for sticking with it!

    1. You know this better than me, but I have times where I get really motivated and get a lot of stuff written, and other times were I don’t want to write anything at all. I already love the whole write, edit, re-write process…tons of fun.

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