Two years ago this week, I started writing The Age of Apollyon and thus began this amazing journey. In the two years since, I have completed four novels and three short stories, landed a contract with a very wonderful publisher, made many interesting friends, and discovered a world that I had only casually explored. I've learned many startling things and had many illusions shattered as I've uncovered the business aspect of writing, but I have also learned the importance of persistence and steady resolve. Writing and publishing is not for the timid or faint of heart. Completing a manuscript is challenging enough as it is, let alone trying to make a career out of it.
Looking back, I have no regrets about the choices I've made and though I still have a long way to go in terms of success and honing my craft, I'm pretty proud of myself for coming this far in just two years. It's funny - it feels like I've been writing forever. I think, "What did I do before I took up writing?" It's kind of the same thing with having kids; I can't imagine my life now without them. Just like I can't imagine my life without writing.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm gonna ride this train till the wheels fall off.