I know it’s been a long time, but I have some things to share…

First, for those of you reading this, because you’re still checking out my blog even though I haven’t posted in almost 2 years, you are amazing! Thank you for being faithful to this woman who let life get in the way and keep her from posting like she should have. It is beyond appreciated. My hope is that if you’ve stuck around, (or your blog wanderings have newly led you to stumble and land here), that you stay because you love this story as much as I do‚Ķand now, for a moment of truth.

If you’ve read the original postings you’ll know that I started And Then There Was One to blog a found story and share it with you guys. Now the truth. It was not a found story, it is my story – actually it’s the very first book I ever wrote. I hope I don’t lose you guys here, my intent was never truly to deceive, it was just after staring at the story for 3 years, after re-writes and revisions, and not knowing if I hated it one day or loved it the next, I was searching for a way to engage with it differently, to approach it as more spectator instead of creator, with the hopes that doing so would make it fun and exciting again, would take away the sort of strain and angst of ‘is it good enough?’ and replace it with the ease and acceptance of ‘Sam (that’s me), just tell the story.’

I hope that you guys as readers can understand that and not hold it against me :), especially since it actually worked. Each of you taking the time to read it, and leave comments with your input and feedback bred life back into something in such an amazing way, that I’m probably more excited about the book now then I was when I first wrote it; even in the face of so many rejection letters all condensed to say the story wasn’t right for them. And that segues to my lead in for the big announcement, (not sure if it’s really big, but when there’s a lead-in I feel like it should always have the word ‘big’ in front of it), I’ve decided to take the leap and attempt to self-publish this book! I’m working through the intricacies of that now, but have also started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the process.

If you’re willing to check it out and lend any level of support it would make my day, especially coming from you guys, who believed in it first. I’m really excited about this! I have no idea what will happen, if I’ll be able to raise the money, if I’m not going to bumbling my way thru this thing from start to finish, but right now all of that seems okay because I’m taking some control back, and I’m believing in myself and my writing again. This is the year that this gets done, and I wouldn’t be anywhere near this place if it wasn’t for you guys reading my little ‘found’ story. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

Versatile Blogger Award

Yay!!! Sorry had to say it again, just got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, my first blog award! What a great way to start the week. And now onto the details of the award itself…

Who nominated me?

A giant thank you to Kate’s lovely blog Infinite Awe http://infiniteawe.wordpress.com/, she’s a fellow Edgar Allan Poe fan which in and of itself wins you cool points, plus her 51/100 writing project is immensely intriguing, treat yourself and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

What does this award entail?

  1. If you have been nominated, you have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their site.
  3. Copy and Paste the Award to your blog.
  4. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly and include a link to their site.
  6. Let the other Blogs know they have been nominated.

7 Facts about Sam:

  1. I have a baking and pastry degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York.
  2. I tend to hate most classical literature, horrible I know, blame it on an upbringing filled with Christopher Pike, Octavia Butler and Stephen King.
  3. I love to drink olive juice.
  4. I beat box in the shower.
  5. I actually like going to the dentist because you’re not expected to make small talk while you’re sitting in the chair. It’s kind of relaxing.
  6. My favorite flowers used to be tulips but now they are quickly becoming carnations. I think they are overlooked and I tend to root for the underdog.
  7. One of my best friends refers to me as her ‘man friend’ because I drink scotch, smoke cigars and hate the color pink. While I tend to agree with her, what I want more than anything in life is to fall in love and be happy – probably the girliest thing about me.

The Five Bloggers I Nominate:

  1. http://creativedeeds.wordpress.com/
  2. http://jillarcherauthor.wordpress.com/
  3. spell-sword.com
  4. http://thereclininggentleman.wordpress.com/
  5. http://coreymp.wordpress.com/