|MONEY AND TRUFFLE TREES GREW IN MY YARD!|
Sadly, this did not happen. But I did make a little actual cash money from my writing! It allowed me to fix some things around my house and celebrate by taking a group of good friends out for a fancy dinner at The Admiral in Asheville, NC. Something that I never could have done on my teacher's salary alone. It was super fun to tell the waiter, "I'll take that," when he brought the check.
|PEGASUS TOOK UP RESIDENCE IN MY BARN!|
Sorry, Pegasus is still mythical, though I'll never stop dreaming. But the other thing I did with some of that writing cash money was hire a trainer to help me with my two young horses. I've ridden since age five, but a few years ago had a freak accident on a tried and true mount (she's retired now). It shook me up and I've been battling fear and PTSD ever since. But riding is a tonic and I didn't want it to be over because of fear. So, the writing that stole so much of my riding time, has now brought it back, by giving me the opportunity to work with someone to regain my confidence. I'm doing great and so are my ponies!
|MY STUDENTS FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGE MY ROCK STAR STATUS|
HA, HA, Bwahahaha. Going to keep on laughing with this one. But you know, I do think it helps them to see a person my age still chasing dreams. And maybe a few of them think it's super cool.
|ALL OF MY BAD WRITING HABITS AND INNER TURMOIL DISAPPEARED! (and apparently my hand, too)|
No, nope, and no way, no how. It's all still with me. But...I did learn a ton in my editorial process which will only help me in future endeavors. And, getting a book deal with Harper Teen has been the most tremendous "atta girl" ever. It's like this very special, wonderful, secret I carry inside of me. When I need to pick myself up, or remind myself that, yes, I am a writer, I let the inner voice whisper in my ear, "Hey, chica! You got a flipping book deal with Harper Collins. The Harper Collins in NYC!" And I've got to admit, that feeling is really special. Even if I can't see the life changing part just yet.
(all doodles are done by me - Jaye Robin Brown)