2015 is a transformative year for me . . . we moved back to the coast into this amazing old home, my babies are no longer babies, and my doctor discovered I am just to darned sweet inside so now I'll be changing our diet and losing weight -- all of which is really awesome. But this writing gig . . . what is up with my writing gig?
Before starting this blog I was feeling very overwhelmed with the whole indie-author thing. I am in a group of very, very, seriously serious, stupendously successful (no kidding... millionaires) indie authors on Facebook and it's nothing but intimidating. No matter what I do, I will never catch up to them. Ever. So. New plan. Do my own thing, which is what I've always done anyway.
I have books planned I'm not working on because of all of this life crap, but the moving and the whatever are pretty much taken care of. My office is nearly organized (YES! I STILL HAVE BOXES TO UNPACK!) and that's where it's all going to go down.
But why the blog? Why this blog? I have a website and I even have a leftover personal blog that used to be my author website, so why this blog?
Because THIS blog lets me step out of myself, out of MY BRAND, and it lets me focus and celebrate everything around me and my relationship to all of these amazing things I see and think and feel every day. Yeah! That's a good thing. A really good thing.
So, no . . . not all about the coffee, but about how great it is being surrounded by all of these cool independent coffee shops is. About being surrounded by the light -- the sunrises and sunsets, by the ships moving past our windows on the river below. Ships full of cars and logs and office supplies. (My dream: that someday a ship full of office supplies springs a leak and pitches its good on our shores while we're walking along the river. Free pens! PAPER!! NOTEBOOKS!) By having new library cards, by living twenty minutes from the ocean, by stepping outside our house and walking past the most incredible Victorian and Queen Anne homes you can imagine and not having to be in Seattle to do it.
And there are readers here. People who like stories... long stories, short stories, memoir.... the Pacific Northwest is an amazing place full of writers for a reason -- there's a lot to inspire us and there are a lot of readers running around looking for their next book. And I have books.
Through this blog, by combining my love of the PNW and writing, I'm hoping to find that place where my experiences and novels find their early audience. From your early audience comes your big-time audience. And all readers are gifts from the universe. For real. "Finding your audience" is the biggest thing a writer can hope to accomplish. I have friends visiting this blog, I have fans of Astoria and especially fans of the Goonies who already visit this blog. So here's to this new blog, my new living room -- an awesome place to hang out and see gorgeous photos of the PNW and hopefully if people like this world I've created, they'll feel inspired to check out my books too.
Peace. It's a beautiful day. Go for a walk!