Lisa’s dream comes true
A colouring book that lay hidden under its creator's bed for some 15 years has now been published, thanks to the encouragement of a friend.
Lisa Wilson came up with the idea of a cartoon-type onion in response to a competition organised by the End to End charity, which was in search of a logo.
Her drawing didn't win first place but Ms Wilson was happy with the outcome.
She asked her children, Darren and Daneisha, for their opinion on her work her then 12-year-old son named the character Oscar the Onion.
“It had a ring to it and I loved it,” said Ms Wilson.
She was so inspired that she drew an entire colouring book featuring Oscar, and decided to write a story as well.
She then pushed her book under her bed, where it sat for the better part of 15 years.
“I really [don't know why I sat] on the book for so long, however I believe that it was partially due to fear of failure, that if I put an idea out there it just might not work out,” she said.
Three years ago she met Jan Fraser Coles, the organiser of a club that dares women to pursue their dreams.
Ms Coles encouraged Ms Wilson to join Dream Club Bermuda, and her aspirations started becoming reality.
“I told Jan I would get the book published. I told her that I have a few more dreams I have yet to complete. She has been one of my inspirational people and I am glad she was there to give me that extra push.
“It is so nice having positive people to be around and using positive affirmations, because sometimes people can be very negative and discouraging. They don't realise the impact it has on the dreamer. Also people get comfortable with you being in a particular position in life. Following your dreams changes you and it shifts you mentally and spiritually.”
Having fulfilled her dream she now encourages everyone to get on with whatever aspirations they might have that they aren't pursuing.
Ms Wilson's book uses Oscar to get across positive messages to children the importance of eating a healthy breakfast; the importance of an education. “It also shows the fun things that children do in the form of an onion family,” she said.
Ms Wilson is currently working on a storybook and is hoping to create an animated version of Oscar's adventures with assistance from her father, Al Seymour Sr, and brother, Al Seymour Jr. Both have experience as animators and filmographers.
“I am glad to have published my first book. My children and family are so proud of my accomplishment,” she said.
“It is surreal and absolutely fantastic! What more can I say?”
The book is available for $10 in stores or by contacting Ms Wilson, email@example.com.