You know that saying about how it takes a village? I’ve always assumed that since the sentence was never finished that it assumes it takes a village to do anything well… big. Last night I decided to make a video instead of making a recording of me and Nikki singing the Coventry Carol. It’s not that we can’t sing… we can, and we do it pretty well. It’s just that we were imbibing last night and I just couldn’t string the stanzas together properly. Go figure.
So I’m making this video and I’m thinking about all the books I have coming out in 2009 and how well Christmas Hookup has been doing in downloads. Then I realized how many people out here have encouraged me in the last six months to a year since I started wondering if I could do this. Going back to the inception of this blog (which is nearing it’s first blogiversary), I realized that there is a whole “village”, if you will, of people who have in some way influenced or helped me get to this point.
This video is for all of you. From Jester who helped me with this blog, to Justin, Karl, Gooster, Marty, and Vahid (and soon Hilly too) who let me immortalize their name and a few of their characteristics in my Darkworld characters, to people like Jennifer McKenzie and Susan Helene Gottfried who pushed me in the very beginning (and who keep saying it) by saying that this was something I could absolutely do. And then there are the people who constantly tell me in comments, IM or on Twitter, that what I’m doing is awesome and that I really can do it – Marty, Hilly, Britt, Becky, Jason X, and Dee Carney. There are people in my Yahoo groups who encourage me too and then there are the three ladies (Bar bitches really LOL) who have always been in my corner since before I came to blogging.
I want you all to know that there is no way I would be sitting here with 4 contracts for books due out in 2009, and the possibility of 3 more once the other Tales of the Darkworld are written (Yes, my publisher wants Vahid the black dragon’s story too. I knew that was coming. Vahid being such a sexy thang and all) without every single word or comment that all of YOU have given me.
This is MY Christmas message to all of YOU. I may not have been by your blog to comment, but you are ALWAYS in my thoughts. I wouldn’t be here plugging away without what you have given me… the gift of your friendship and caring.
One last thing before I go prep my ham… I have a confession to make. I suck. Bigtime. Sure, I have a thousand and one stresses on me and a fucked up car that just keeps falling apart no matter how much money I toss into the thing’s maw. But there is still no reason for me to be such a bonehead as to STILL have Hilly’s birthday present when the woman lives literally a few exits down the freeway from me.
The reason I suck so bad isn’t just because I still have her present and haven’t seen her in months… it’s because she is the sole reason I got so involved with all of you. She took me under her wing when I was afraid to meet bloggers, and she made me feel at home, warm and welcomed. She is the most awesome person on this planet and even though I clearly suck at showing it, I love the woman dearly. Thank you for bringing me into the PRB, Hilly. Many, many happy wishes for you this Christmas.
And for all the rest of you too.