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…and 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.

I am not clever…

I honestly tried to think of some clever way to do this, but I am not clever, especially when it comes to promoting myself, (I don’t even like that phrase ‘promoting myself’ it makes me feel like I should be standing in a shiny dress on a cheesy billboard). But I am just so frickin excited about finishing a website, my first website for my book that currently has agent representation. It’s a website with stuff on it, pictures and words and even a book trailer and I did it all by myself! It took forever but even now the time seems worth it – because it wasn’t easy, it feels more mine, more aptly a part of this journey I am on with my fellow writers to be published and one day see your book in the hands of somebody else. So, all that said to say this post is nothing more than a shameless plug in the hope that you will check out my first book website;

http://www.graysaltbook.com

And I hope you will because even though it’s mine and I’m biased, I kinda love it! 

Okay, and now to get back to the business of this blog – I’ll have new pages to post for the story soon, hoping to have enough figured out to get a few pages typed up by the weekend.

Just so frickin excited about my website!!!!!! So excited! I don’t know why but having it makes me feel a little bit more legit, and with the ups and downs that come with being a writer, I’m gonna take every little bit of excitement where I can get it!