Where has the time gone? More importantly, where has the year gone? I mean it feels as if I just sat down to write my first blog post and now here I am a year later. So, Happy Blogiversary to me!
By all rights this should be a day of celebration for undertaking something new. However, like last year on this date, I’m blogging about something heart-wrenching. Hold on to your panties because I’m not about to get all emotional. Well, okay, I was fairly emotional a few days ago, but my mood has sombered since then. You see, I really wanted this post to be different. I mean, REALLY wanted it! But alas, it just wasn’t meant to be, which is still hard for me to swallow. You see I started my blog on the whim of high feelings over Kentucky’s loss to UCONN in the championship game last year. Tired of hearing all about the NBA draft and who was going or staying, I sat down and penned my thoughts, never imagining what was in store for me next. What happened? Well, I sold my first book, my family finally took that vacation to Yellowstone that we’d been planning for years, and my husband won his first dirt track race. So yeah, I have quite a bit to brag about. It’s been a great year. But the one thing that would make it even better is if I could be writing a different post than I am today.
Almost a week has passed since Kentucky lost to Wisconsin in the final four. I still feel ill just thinking about it, because it wasn’t just any loss. It was the loss of something special. Something no other team has done. To win the championship with an undefeated season. We were so close. 38-1.
To the seven young men entering the NBA draft, good luck! And to the new one’s coming in, welcome to Kentucky.
Until next year …
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” (Little Gidding)” ― T.S. Eliot
If you would have asked me a year ago today what I’d expect to be doing in a year, I can guarantee that my answer wouldn’t have been writing a blog post. I probably would have answered that I’d be enjoying some time off from work with my family, reading or maybe working on some writing-not one of my work in progress, but writings. Because a year ago, I never looked at my work as anything but something I enjoyed doing, nor did I consider myself an author. But here I am!
I have a published book! Some days I’m still awed by the fact. A published book! Yes, I did that! I went out on a limb, took a chance and my dream came true. Drive Me Sane was a story that simply flowed out of me. I immensely enjoyed writing it and my only hope was that a few others would like it just as much as I did. Having 19 five-star reviews, 4 four-star reviews and 1 three-star review on Amazon, has by far surpassed my expectations and I cannot thank you all enough!
I have learned so much along the way. A year ago, I didn’t have a blog. My blog was essentially created so that I could write about my excitement and despair after Kentucky lost to UCONN in the NCAA championship game. Shortly afterwards, I got the news that Crimson Romance wanted to acquire Drive Me Sane and so, I took off trying to transverse the world of marketing (still trying, I’m terrible at it) and geared my post toward more writing/book related topics (I’m terrible at that too.) I now have nearly every social media site available and although I’m better at keeping up with some more than others, I’m getting the hang of things.
It has been an incredible journey and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone. For the friends I’ve made (Bill & E.L, you’re awesome), for those that follow along and listen to me ramble, for anyone who’s read my work or given advise when needed. I truly appreciate it. I’m still learning, but I am moving into 2015 with another finished manuscript that I hope I can sprinkle some magic on and turn it into something that others will also enjoy.
Wishing you all a joy filled New Year! Never give up on your dreams!
P.S. Big rivalry game today when the UK Wildcats take on Louisville Cardinals. Two great teams but only one can win. Go Big Blue!