I’ve been concerned that it’s close to launch time for the first Virtual Literary World Tour, and I had no idea how things would play out. I have only read 52 books so far, and covered 20 countries, and this week was focused on client work. I’ve decided not to stress myself out, and instead meditate on the situation, and I was reminded – give it time, things will become clear. I have said that I would continue reading the books until May 31, 2013 for the Tour.
What’s become clear is to start off the first Virtual Literary World Tour by themes and at some point switch to visiting the country in a more structured world tour. So next week, for the launch, I’ll start off with fairy tales, fables and myths, and of course I have to include Hans Christian Andersen (Denmark), the Grimm Brothers (Germany), Aesop’s Fables (Greece). I’ll add in some surprising information along the way.
The second and third week we will take a look at children’s and young adults’ literature and the hero’s journey. The hero’s journey will take us to approximately 2500 BC, when we look at Gilgamesh: A New English Version. We will also visit Germany through the eyes of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, and Greece through Euripides’ Medea of Euripides.
One thing I have learned, which will be helpful to you, is that if you want to pull off a project of this magnitude, you need to give yourself enough time. I should have given myself at least six months to read the books, so next time I’ll do that. Had I not given myself the opportunity to pursue this worthy goal, instead waited for the perfect opportunity, I wouldn’t have learned that important lesson, and I would not have started. I knew that the Virtual Literary World Tour was something I had to pursue – give it time, things will become clear.
Things have not worked out the way I first imagined it, but I am okay with that. Benjamin Franklin said that perfectionism doesn’t exist. Over the weekend, I received a newsletter, The Avid Reader from AbeBooks. Lily, an employee, talks about books she has loved over the years in Lily’s Bookshelf: Books That Mean Home, and you will always have one person who will tear you to pieces. This brought home for me that by doing the first Virtual Literary World Tour I am making myself vulnerable because the books I am reading will not be interesting to everyone. I am opening myself up to criticism. Am I okay with that? I have to be!
If you are working on a project and things are still a bit foggy, give it time, things will become clear. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this post, please share it.
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