Every month I have an anthem. I play it loud and I sing it louder— much to the dismay of my child and neighbors. I am not a good singer. And more often than not, I really play up that fact by doing my best Adam Sandler and/or Fat Albert impression at the same time.
October begins in two day (less than that at this point), and I'm already singing that month's anthem.
Before I tell you what it is, let's talk about what happened this month.
I released BRAND NEW SKY into the wild.
It's the sixth and final book in the Double Blind Study series. It wasn't an easy book to write. So it's completion was both a relief and a heartbreak for me. I didn't want it to be over with. This entire series was a big deal for me. Huge, in fact.
I've told the story many times about how and when and why I started writing, so there's really no need to go over that again. But this series was the beginning of something new. It was me finally getting those stories out there, instead of keeping them to myself.
Sharing the adventure.
So many of you joined me along the way and I will never stop being equal parts grateful, shocked, and humbled.
As BRAND NEW SKY made it's way into ereaders worldwide a couple weeks ago, I was struck by the fact that this was the least stressful book release ever for me. I had an awesome team helping me get things sent to bloggers and readers, and an amazing support system that kept my head focused and didn't let me get overwhelmed. I normally freakout the night of a release by drinking wine and eating chocolate.
Not this time.
This time, I was writing.
Because the next story begs to be told and I wouldn't dare to silence it.
So, while the release wasn't stressful, that doesn't mean that there wasn't/isn't still some very strong emotions attached to it.
Because the series is done, and now it's a new beginning.
I'm running. Towards the next story, into the next adventure. Completely and totally clueless how it's going to turn out and I'm not scared.
I have this song pounding itself into my head and heart. The anthem of things to come. The song that's currently annoying my neighbors. => Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
I suppose this is what I get for falling in love with an explorer. He makes me unafraid to chase down the dawn of the next dream.