This is my first blog post.
I think I finally jumped on the blogging bandwagon that so many people get hooked on. I've always liked the idea, but I didn't know how I would feel about random people reading my thoughts. I think I'm finally ready to share some.
After three long years, I have finally finished and published my first book. It feels amazing, and the response has been incredible so far. I feel very honored to have accomplished one of my lifelong dreams at only 25 years old, and the best part is, the dream's not over yet. I'm currently working on the sequel to The Chosen of Andraos. I'm also using Createspace to create print copies of the first book, which I hope will be available next month. I have an upcoming cover redesign as well.
For anyone looking to follow their dreams, I say, stick with it! It's so rewarding when you finally reach your goals. There were many frustrations, sleepless nights, some tears and much-needed conversations with people who believed in me to get there. It's also dealing with the blank looks of people when you tell them you're a writer--an unpublished one at that. I've had some very interesting reactions from people I've told (especially considering my degree was English). If following their dreams was easy, everyone would do what they love and be successful at it. But it's not easy, and working hard to get there makes it all the more worthwhile. You have to work to pay the bills and use whatever energy is left over at the end of the day to pursue your passion. Then there's making time for friends, family, your significant other, your dog--all of these things are important and add up. Most people, however, have some free time. It's in that 30 minutes on your lunch, the hour of winding down before bed, and that television episode you watch every Thursday that takes up an hour of your day. Prioritize what you love to do, make sacrifices if needed, but get it done and find a healthy balance between all of those things. Eventually, you'll wake up and you will have arrived at your goal. Mine took me over three years, but it happened. The closer I got, the more determined I became to reach it.
Thanks for reading this post, and I hope to write another one of these blog posts soon!