"Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story." ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

27 June 2013

a big thank you!

I was looking at the stats for THE PROPHECY today (yes, I'm still a bit obsessive about it--this thing has been a long time in coming and sometimes I still find it hard to believe that people are buying my story and actually reading my words), and I came to an odd realization:

my writing has actually made enough to pay a month's rent.

That's definitely not a fortune or anything, and there are a lot of bills that go above and beyond the rent payment, but it was still a bit of a shocker for me.

I mean, who would have ever thought that putting a book out there would pay for my family to have a place to live for an entire month? That's pretty crazy to me!

The thing is, I owe all of you all a huge THANKS! for that. If it wasn't for you reading my words here, no matter how disjointed my thoughts may be from one sporadic post to the next, and then telling somebody else to give this crazy new writer a shot, none of this would ever have happened. If it wasn't for the encouragement I get from you guys, writing stories would have slipped into the category of "hobby" a long time ago.

Now, I'm getting to experience something a lot of people never get the chance to experience. I'm actually seeing a dream come true right before my eyes, and let me tell you--
    --it's crazy-amazing!

For those of you who know me and may start worrying for my babies' well-being at the thought that I've suddenly decided to live off my writing, don't worry. I'm still a scientist and something of a realist by nature (though the dreamer inside is finally getting to spread her wings a bit more lately). I'm well aware that the 3-week success of a first (and so far only finished) book in no way means it's time for a career change!

That said, though, thank you again to all of you who have read my words and offered support and encouragement and told other people to take a risk on a new writer in a genre that lots of people still shy away from for the most part.
You guys are the best :)

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