7 days…

-whispers– 7 days… until publication day…

Samara’s got her copy already! Look at that face. She looks so happy! Mark your calendars for December 6th so you can get your copy, too, just like Samara!

I’ll be doing a giveaway on December 6th to celebrate! STAY TUNED!

You know, this is a weird time of year for me. I’m reminded of days where the future was really dark and uncertain. You know those moments where you feel like you’ve been thrown into a deep well in the dead of night, one that smells of decay and of the blood from your head wound? And every time you try to climb out, you slip and fall back in and you kind of go numb? And… how exactly are you supposed to be feeling, again? Because at the moment you don’t feel much at all, even though tears are streaming down your face. What’s the protocol is for this situation? Is there a manual somewhere?

You know those moments? I hope not. I’m so very sorry if you do.

Anyway, so—I was in that deep, dark well and wondering how to keep my head above water, and I happened to be listening to Stephen King read about how he was hit by a van. When he was in need of something to keep his head above the waters of pain and despair, his wife set up a space where he could write comfortably while recovering from his severe injuries. He said, “Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.”

I burst into tears. That was my answer. That was how I was going to make it. Because, as he says:

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.

That’s what writing this story has been for me. I’m so excited to finally get to see it in print, flip through the pages and smell the paper and ink. Being a writer has been my dream since before I could spell.

And I promise, if I can do it—so can you! Whatever your dream may be, chase it. Let go of expectations and let it just save you. Let it bring you back to life.