I’m home from California; the Love and Fifty signing ranks as my second best ever, the first being the one that Maya Banks attended, as far as sales goes. As far as fun, this one was far and away the best ever. I stayed with a very good friend while I was there, had another friend who joined us, and we were in a group of seven authors that made for a fantastic little niche. I feel like I attended a revival.
That being said, I realized that things have been difficult for me for a while. I don’t usually talk much about my life’s history. I put some of it in The Writer’s Block short stories, but it’s pretty watered down and veiled. I’m private like that, and won’t give away too much today, either. If you want to hear my horror stories, read between the lines of my books.
What I will say, is that no one will ever tell me that I can’t do it. I spent half my life listening to people tell me what I wasn’t. Not smart enough, not talented enough, not good enough, from the time I was born until here recently, in fact. I hate that; hate that I listened for so long. I am good enough, and I won’t believe anything else.
Today, I make my own way, so don’t tell me I can’t. I can do what I put my mind to because I am diligent and won’t give up. I will keep working on me, both as a writer and as a person, because you don’t actually fail until you give up trying.
I never said I was perfect, and I’m bound to make some mistakes along the way, but that’s how it goes. People who don’t make mistakes never do anything; that’s the only way to avoid them all together. I can’t let those things get me down, because life is too short to spend time worrying about regrets and what I wish I had done.
So where do I go from here? To Pittsburgh, of course! In three weeks, in fact. Between now and then I have much to do. I have continued doing the editing for Lavish, even after we finished my books, and I like how that feels to contribute to success on so many levels. Plus, I have several new books that I am working on, so those will be coming out starting this summer and into the fall. My plate is full, and I have so much to do! And life is good.