A couple of years ago I had an idea for a book. I made a “pppffff” noise and tried to push it out of my head, but it refused to leave. It called up some buddies, in fact, and the next thing I knew there were enough ideas for books and screenplays to drive me to distraction. (A problem, since I actually do have a day job.)
I started jotting the ideas into notebooks and even got a few
really bad rough chapters of a first draft under my belt, but I couldn’t seem to stick with any of them long enough to follow completely through.
Then, about a year ago, an amazing thing happened: I had an idea that stuck. Just before this past Thanksgiving I saved the complete first draft of a full-length novel. (Word count: 55,530.) My goals for 2012 are to do a few rounds of revisions and then … *gulp*… start reaching out to agents/publishers.
The point of this blog is twofold. 1) I attribute my current level of success to the encouragement I received from family and friends as well as to the moments in my daily life that inspire me to be a creative being. This is where I want to thank those people, share those moments and hopefully inspire you to have creative moments of your own. 2) I want to share my experience trying to get this book ready and, with any good fortune, published. The sooner you fall in love with me, the better — having a built-in audience can’t hurt. 😉
Mom, Dad, Nat and Ace — Thanks for being the best cheerleaders and publicists a gal could want. I’m going to need all of you to get on the computer regularly and comment on these posts. Nat, show Mom and Dad how to do that.
Dianna — Thanks for being my first reader and editor. Thanks for always being so excited and encouraging. 22 years and counting!
Sam — Thanks for making me laugh every day and reminding me how much fun it is to play with words. I can’t wait to read yours!
Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins — Thanks for the inspiration and I promise I’ll let you read it soon! (I know bundling them like that seems like a cop-out, but there are more than 50 of them and they know who they are.)
Last, but not least, thank YOU for reading! New posts will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please check back and comment often. It’s going to be a lot of fun. 🙂