Storyteller first, author finally


I started this blog August 15, 2011 with a post called “A web site for storytellers.” Funny how some things don’t change. The original purpose of this blog was to keep track of all the things I learned or accomplished in my journey toward being a published author.

nameless_front_smallAs of December 1, 2014, I will have achieved the one goal I’ve had the longest in my life. I will have a novel published. It’s the one dream I’ve been working toward since I was a very little girl.

And it’s left me at a crossroads. What do I do with this blog now that I’m published? Do I drop it? Do I move on to something else?

If this is your first time stumbling across my little corner on the Internets (welcome, of course!), you won’t notice the differences. This past week, this little blog has transformed into an almost fully functional web site. With pages and everything! And photographs of me, which is something I’ve shied away from in the past because I’m the least photogenic person on the planet. But I made a decision.

This little blog is going to stick around, and I’m going to continue to chronicle my adventures in the publishing arena. Just because I’ve achieved one dream doesn’t mean I’ve learned all there is to learn, and one of the greatest joys of my life is sharing what I’ve learned with other people. So I’m going to continue to post about the process, about writing, about reading, and about contests and other exciting things that are going on.

Monument to Sir Walter Scott, Edinburgh, Scotland

Monument to Sir Walter Scott, Edinburgh, Scotland

I’ll be adding more content. Introductions to characters from my novels. Inside information about projects I’m currently working on. Travelogues from research trips. Pronunciation guides, language keys, and cultural information from all my many universes. I’m also going to find a way to integrate my daily devotional blog onto this site as well. And I’ll be posting more frequently. I’m also planning a monthly newsletter, which may even include freebies.

Until then, don’t be surprised if you see more cool stuff popping up on here. I may even be trying out some different themes.

For all of you who’ve been following me this long, thank you for sticking with me. For those of you who just found me, welcome to the family. I’m really excited about everything that’s coming, and I can’t wait to finally be able to share the stories in my heart with the rest of the world.

Something I said in my first post so many years ago still rings true with me today, so as I embark on this new chapter of my writing career, I want to remind myself of what I said then: Be a storyteller first.

Me and Katie Morford on our way to our first writing conference in 2006, the one that started everything

Me and Katie Morford on our way to our first writing conference in 2006, the one that started everything

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