At Last

Ever since I started this blog in 2015, I have been dreaming about making this post. About finally getting to say the words I’m about to say: my friends, STILL THE STARS is going to be published.

This was my first story. The one that struck me in math class in 7th grade when I was bored and wanted an escape. Piper and Alteria came to me first, and so much of the story has grown and changed over the years with me, into something I honestly never could have fathomed I’d write. It is one part science fiction, one part fantasy. It’s a space opera, but make it poetry. It’s a quest to save one’s family and learn to love oneself. I am so proud of what this book has become, and on November 1, 2022, I finally get to share it with you.

Deciding to self publish was probably one of the hardest decisions to make. After so many years spent querying and working towards the goal of being a traditionally published author, it was really difficult realizing that was a goal I needed to put on the shelf while I pursue publishing this trilogy. I don’t rule out traditional publishing at all, as I know I still have plenty more stories that I hope to tell. But for this journey? I believe self is the best call for me to make right now for a book that has proved pretty difficult to define.

I don’t know what comes next. I am not sure how one measures success when deciding to go it alone in publishing their work. In retrospect, my two poetry collections felt like test runs for this one. I’ve learned so much in the process of putting those books out that I hope will translate to helping me promote this one. Only time is going to tell on that one.

Right now, I’m just riding this wave of joy. Allowing the excitement to soak through to my bones. Confidence is something I’ve struggled with my entire life, and is by no means something I have 100% of even now. But I have gotten to a place of deep peace with where my story stands. I think Piper’s adventure is finally ready for you all to read.

Alteria has been waiting all this time, and now the door is finally open.

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