At this exact moment, three years ago, I was writing the first words on the first page of what would eventually become House of Blades.
At this exact moment, two years ago, I was waiting on House of Blades to upload to Amazon.
It wasn't until June 2nd, 2013 that I sold my first book, but it was the night of June 1st that the upload began. At this time, I was refreshing my laptop every thirty seconds to see if I'd gotten that email saying my book was finally available for sale.
I had a book. It was rough. And it was going out into the world all alone. I only hoped that people wouldn't hate it too much.
At this exact moment, one year ago, I sold my 101,988th book.
I don't talk much about my personal life on here, mainly because my "personal life" mostly consists of writing more fantasy novels. There's not a whole lot else to tell. But let me assure you that this has been an amazing journey for me over the past two years. For one thing, I've always wanted to be a professional writer...but I never expected to get there so quickly.
If we're going by the timeline in my head, I'm about twenty years ahead of schedule. I was supposed to go to college, get my degree, and then figure out some career while I was writing on the side. Eventually, maybe I'd be good enough that I'd write a book that people would want to read.
There are a million proverbs and parables that essentially translate to, "If you think the future is going to play out the way you planned it, you're an idiot." Pick your favorite.
So I just wanted to share this with you, as I sit here after two years. Because many of you have been following me, supporting me, reading me, or riding around on my shoulder (I'm looking at you, Shuffles) for every one of the last 730 days.
All I wanted to say was thanks. It's been fun.
I know it might not mean that much to you--you're looking for something to read, and I fully understand that--but I get to entertain you. I don't care if you shelve my books next to Lord of the Rings or if you spent a couple of hours reading my books on Kindle and never thought of them again.
If you're here reading this, it means I was able to distract you for a while. To me, believe me, that's a humbling privilege.
And I thank you for it.
P.S. And now, on the second anniversary of House of Blades, I'd like to reveal the cover for the soon-to-be-bundled complete Traveler's Gate Trilogy!
"Calder straightened his back, focused his mind, and opened the door."
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