Sometimes, it could be exactly the same thing, but a different time, a different place in life, makes it all different.
Today I went to this bookstore and submitted a copy of "Dumped" to its public library. It will be there with other books by other writers around the world that I admire who was once here and submitted their work as well.
It was a strange feeling to realise that I was here a few years back, but I was in a different circumstance in my life. I only had dreams of becoming a writer then, and I distinctively remember daydreaming about having my book here someday in this legendary little bookshop (Shakespeare & Company originated in 1919).
Now here I was, with a Malaysian bestselling book and a newspaper column I'm proud of, and a blog that my Mom occassionally reads (hi Mom!).
There are so many types of dreams in this world, and they don't necessarily have to be a multi-million, earth shattering one. It could be as simple as wanting to see a book on a bookshelf of your favourite bookstore in the world.
As I stood there while the bookkeeper guy took my book into their custody, I had a flash of people in my life who has encouraged me and elevated me to get here. Everyday I am thankful for this.
I am a very blessed girl.
Note: If you're ever in Paris, go check out this bookstore! It's on the Left Bank of the Seine River, close to the Notre Dame. And if you find my book, let me know!!
Trivia: The bookstore was popular with legendary writers. For example, Ernest Hemingway used to hang out at the original store. This bookstore was also featured in movies such as Before Sunset and Midnight In Paris.
I was so nervous and anxious I couldn't even write in my usual handwriting lol