Five years ago today I sat on the edge of my bed, picked up my tablet, and typed the sentence, “It was another crappy Friday for Beth McGill.”
Since then, I’ve written six (shortish) novels, one (longish) novella, five novelettes, and eight short stories, with another novel in the works and other things in the planning stages. I’d guesstimate that I’ve written over 350,000 words in that time. Some of them have even been good ones. 😎
I’m glad that I’ve been able to do get these stories out of my head and into the world. I’m overjoyed when people read them and take the time to comment. And to my surprise, I keep coming up with ideas - new settings, new characters, and new ways to keep getting the old characters into and out of trouble.
If I had to look back over the past five years, though, and pick out the best thing that’s come to me from all this writing, it wouldn’t be the sense of accomplishment, as much as that means to me. It would be the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made along the way. Fellow authors, fans, artists - they’re all a part of my life that goes beyond the page. And through them, I’ve become connected with an ever-growing number of wonderful people, and getting to know all of them has enlightened and brightened my life.
Today, I give my thanks to those new friends (and old ones), to the fans and readers, and to you for reading this. You are all cool, sweet and awesome.
I hope you stick around; I’m working to make Peavley Manor my best book yet, and I’m looking forward to sharing it, and the other stories yet to come, with all of you.
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