I have many sayings in life, but one of my favorites is this: No 18-year-old knows what they want to do for the rest of their life.
I recognize that there are always going to be exceptions to the rule. But, generally speaking, expecting a fresh-out-of-high-school college freshman to choose a major -- and therefore decide what they want to be when they grow up -- is an awful lot to ask.
I was one of those rare ones who knew from about the age of fifteen what I wanted to be when I grew up: I wanted to be a writer. Specifically, a fiction novelist. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my hero, Stephen King -- and make a living writing and telling stories.
A noble goal, to be sure. But, because I was only 18 and completely clueless, I didn't have the foggiest idea how to make that happen. I didn't know where to find the resources that could help me. Plus, an English degree didn't seem super...well, practical. I looked at the profession of "writing" on a spectrum: o…
Sharing the update I sent to my supporters on Inkshares this morning:
Hello friends! Update for you on Charlie’s Mirror: 5 days
out from the January 23 deadline, and unfortunately I am not going to reach the
750 pre-order threshold. But don’t worry, this is not the end. A literary agent
has expressed interest in the book and is currently reviewing the manuscript –
a HUGE step in the direction of traditional publishing! I’m feeling optimistic!
And what the heck – if that doesn’t work out, I can always give Inkshares
another try; I’ve learned so much during this process.
So what happens next? You, dear supporters, will get your
money back soon after the funding period ends on January 23. They say “immediately,”
so I would expect to see your refund within a day or two. Then, follow me on
Facebook (Brenda Lyne Books), Twitter (@akabrendalyne), and/or Instagram
(@akabrendalyne) to keep up with all the latest on my journey to becoming a
From the very bottom of my heart, th…