In 2004 I enjoyed an organized lighthouse tour in New England and Canada. Visiting as many lighthouses as I could was on my bucket list, and it didn’t disappoint. I discovered a guided tour is the best way to get inside some of the lighthouses. You can drive around on your own looking for lighthouses without a map or a guide book, but you may never get inside a lighthouse that way. The previous year my husband and I tried unsuccessfully to find them on our own. We could see the tall towers off in the distance, but like the end of the rainbow, we never seemed to find the road leading to them.
It’s hard to explain why I’ve always been fascinated with the structures. Perhaps it was because there was nothing like it where I grew up. After all we have mountains, not oceans, in Colorado. When I was a child, my family took vacations to the West Coast. This was my first introduction to a lighthouse. It was love at first sight, if you can love an inanimate object. As an adult the fondness has grown. Now I think about their purpose, and I see lighthouses and their keepers as heroes.
Lighthouses help ships navigate and stay away from dangerous areas. Since I’m directionally challenged in many ways, I always thought it would be fabulous to have something like a lighthouse to show me the way. I wanted something that could warn me about dangerous ventures to avoid, and the best directions to succeed as an author. To be able to see far ahead for my writing career could have some advantages. Will I succeed? Will people like my books? How do I promote my stories? What will work best in marketing the books? What won’t work? There are many helpful places to find this information, but that doesn’t guarantee victory. If only a lighthouse could light the way in advance, but as most things I try to prosper at, hindsight is usually better than foresight. There are no gigantic flashlights to show the guaranteed path I should take.
My first book Elle’s Magical Shoes is finally published! Now is my time to navigate the path and see where it takes me. I do have some people in my life who act as my lighthouse, and I appreciate their help. Today I want to thank Heather Reilly, my editor and publisher, for being a guiding light as I’ve taken my first steps towards becoming a published author. I also thank my family and friends who didn’t discourage me from trying. I’m truly blessed by them all.