28 Days Later
It's been 28 Days since I took a deep breath to help reduce the shock of excessive exposure, and launched my crowdfunding campaign for Where the Sun Sets. Now I'm just over 40% of my first goal (148 pre-orders to go!), and this is kind of how I feel about it all right now.
Warning: Video contains zombie-like images that some viewers may find disturbing.
(Thank you 28 Days Later, Zoolander, and The New York Times)
28 days is a month. A month is really a long time! (No, it's not.) (Yes, it is!) So where did all those seconds go? How can so much have happened?
An exceptional person and dear friend sent me this on Twitter tonight:
Her few short words reminded me that I can't stop time, no matter how hard I wish I could. No one can. (Not in real life, anyway.) So like author Elizabeth Glibert said in her very personal and moving Facebook post made earlier today, "Here we go. ONWARD."
Since kicking off my campaign, I've seen magical things happen. Strangers have reached out to show their support by reading my work, commenting on it and recommending it to their friends, opting in to follow my journey, and even placing pre-orders.
Friends and family and ex-colleagues have rallied, and so have people I haven't exchanged words with in years.
Some of you already know that Where the Sun Sets is a very personal story. Inspiration for it came from a combination of my family's quirky philosophies, and humanity's deep and lasting capacity for love; and it was written for my partner. Each and every time that I remember I'm sharing it with the world and asking everyone to pay attention to it, sharp fears of over-exposure and vulnerability rise to the surface.
I'm reminded that, like Vole, I still have a long way to go, and that I have no idea what to expect.
So. I want to share a few reasons, presented in no particular order, about why I'm doing this. (Perhaps only so that I have a public record to re-visit when I need a reminder of why I need to keep going.)
- It's been a lifelong dream to create stories that touch, entertain, and surprise people, and this is one of many big steps I'll have to take to make it happen.
- I want to share stories in the same spirit that I write them (lots of experimentation and thrashing about, no shortage of discomfort).
- I want the things I create to support the things I believe in.
- Like Deborah Munro, mechanical/biomedical engineer and writer of horror, my inspiration to create comes from science and technology. Like Deborah, I'm also inspired by Inkshares. The platform's crowdfunding approach appears to reduce many barriers to entry, which is very encouraging for wouldbe authors and wanting readers (more on my experience with Inkshares to come in future posts).
Thank you for joining me on this journey.
As I push onward, it's inevitable that I'll brush up against more and more people. As nervous as that makes me, it's an experience that I look forward to. I look forward to hearing & sharing those people's stories, too. (Perhaps only so that they have a public record to re-visit when each is in need of a reminder of why to keep going.)
Thank you for your time and continued support.
I treasure every gesture of encouragement, every follow, read, comment, recommendation, share, pre-order, etc., that I get; and I'm so looking forward to sharing the Gibbons' incredible story with the world.
In the meantime, some tantalizing teasers to help get those BOOK COVER CONTEST creative juices flowing
(Details by end of the week.)
Thank you for reading.