“Pursuit of the Golden Lily” is a new novel by R. Emery, inspired by her father's WWII POW diary. Initially documenting the author's journey to return the diary to Thailand where it was written, the Blog now follows her experiences as she self-publishes, launches the novel and reflects on topics woven into the narrative.
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
My Indiegogo campaign has ended. It reached it's goal and then some! My heart is filled with gratitude to EVERYONE who has helped to make this journey happen. I will have each of your names inscribed on a piece of rice paper; I shall bless this at the Temple of the Golden Dragon, then tuck it into a small banana leaf boat and release it on the River Khwae Noi to blend back into the ocean that gives us life. History reminds us of what has happened; that we not forget... the bad nor the good. Imagination, dreaming and envisioning allows us to believe that all can be possible if we dare to to take the first step, and if we are blessed enough (as I have been) to have the support of our community, family and a little luck! My father gifted me with a small brown book filled with his hopes and dreams, his observations and memories of a terrible time. But his greatest gift to me was to never judge a person... not by the color of their skin, their ethnicity, their religion or their beliefs. Despite all his trials, he never, ever said a negative word against the Japanese people. He simply said, "War makes people do terrible things Rose.." It does. In this time of increasing global strife, I will take your loving kindness and support with me as I set off on this incredible journey, adding a little bit of light (along with many others), to a place where great darkness unfolded. Thank you all. Namaste.