Ok, this is the last one- I promise! (I probably also lie, but as I mean that statement for reals right now, is it really lying? ;))
Today, I am narrowing in on getting The Glass Gargoyle out into the world. As in, it should be out trying to take over the galaxy by this time next week (fingers, toes, and eyes crossed). And I am such a little bundle of emotional mayhem it is amazing that I can even feed myself, let alone get dressed and go to work.
First, let me say that I am in AWE of all the people who have self-published a book. Seriously, this isn't something for wimps. The fact that all of you have done it without your heads exploding--and for those I know personally--without letting the insanity show, is amazing! I feel like I've been walking around with a "this woman is a total spaz" sign on me for the last month.
I'll admit it, I'm not good at hiding my emotions. Pretty bad poker player and awful liar for that very reason. So, as I'm going through all of the "OMG! My book is coming OUT!" screams of terror, along with the "OMG! My book is coming OUT!" screams of joy--they are pretty much on my face, on this blog, on Facebook, Twitter, plastered on the side of my car, etc.
Going through this process is such an insane learning curve I can't even begin to tell you (and I'm a wordy writer, so that says something right there ;)). And I know I have made and will make plenty of mistakes. But I think I've finally come to terms with the fact that it's okay to screw up. Our society really likes to mock those who try and fail. Mistakes are held up for public scorn on social media and shared with others.
That's just wrong. If we're always afraid of screwing up, of not being perfect, we're never going to try anything. Things that take a lot of work and a LOT of risk (like putting out your own book, movie, video, having an art showing, etc) just won't be done. Too much work, too much risk. And that's sad.
You have to be willing to make mistakes to move forward. Accept that things aren't going to be perfect.
My first book will be out soon.
I will have made mistakes.
And I am still so freaking happy it's going to meet you all, I can't even explain it.
Thank you for joining me on this ongoing journey- and don't be afraid in whatever you do!