“Nothing is impossible. Nothing is out of your reach. So keep believing in your dreams, life’s not what it seems, sometimes.”
~ “Weight of Sound,” by Stick Figure, from their album Burial Ground.
It’s been a while, huh? Well, on my end, it’s been a helluva couple weeks. Book launches are difficult, both on one’s energy and emotional well-being. Marketing is a massive undertaking, even with a publisher’s assistance, and the reviews! Holy cats, y’all…talk about nerve-wracking. I’ve gotten a few, mostly good, but I’ll be honest; not only do the bad ones sting, they linger for a while. I’ve gone on quite an emotional journey these past few weeks, which I plan to detail in another post, so I won’t dwell on that negativity now.
Now, I am ecstatic.
When I got home from a long day, (nine hours at work, plus a pretty intense gym session), I was greeted by a plain cardboard box. I’d expected this, and had wanted to wait until my husband got home to film me opening the box – my own little “unboxing” vid – but turns out I couldn’t wait. Within were copies of my book. MY BOOK. All those words on those pages? Yeah, I wrote those. That’s MY name on the cover.
This is a dream come true, but it is not a dream that has come from a void. Years upon years of work have gone into this moment. I’ve written well over two million words of fiction, but only ~93k of those have been published. Do I regret the rest? (Most of which I could never publish.) Of course not, because they’ve helped bring me here, and I’ve loved every one of them.
This post is a bit scattered, but that’s okay. If you’re reading this, I hope you have a lovely day. I’m gonna go flip through my book and grin like a moron, then keep working on Book 2. Because that’s the thing about dreams; they don’t just happen. You gotta put in the work. But it’s worth it, I promise. 🙂
Stay awesome, and keep working on your dreams,
PS: The image at the top of this page is space, because space is awesome and I couldn’t find an image that “captured” dreams adequately. You’re welcome. 😉