Never make assumptions about your life. Even if you lead the most boring, most dull, most unadventurous life on the planet, you can’t assume it will always stay that way. You never know when your life is going to take a drastic turn, and you’ll end up going someplace you never thought you’d go or doing something you’d never thought you’d do.
Case in point: I’ve spent this whole week in Las Vegas. If you follow my Instagram feed (www.instagram.com/acwilliams05), you have probably seen some of the craziness I’ve seen. The bits and pieces I can show, at least.
I never thought I’d go to Las Vegas. It wasn’t necessarily something I wanted to do anyway, but it just didn’t seem like something I’d ever be able l to do. Well, that was an assumption on my part, and because of my current job (which I’ll be vacating at the beginning of February), I was needed at a trade show here. So I’m here.
Along those same lines, I never expected to be able to travel internationally, and I’ve been to Mexico three times, Guatemala three times, the United Kingdom once, and am planning a trip back to the U.K. and possibly one to New Zealand. I didn’t plan it, but sometimes God sends you places you don’t expect.
You’d think I would have learned to never say never by this point, but alas! I am a stubborn Scottish sort of person.
The other “never” assumption in my life had to do with my writing. I said I would never write a romantic comedy. Well, coming in February, that assumption is going to be shattered in pieces.
The indie press I helped start in January 2014 needed to diversify its catalog. We had no romantic options because none of us really like writing romantic type stories. It was sort of a dare. Write a great romantic comedy with some element of action/adventure and a spiritual dilemma in a few months. Could I do it?
When I was younger, I could write a novel in a month without any problem. Knocking out 80,000 to 90,000 words when I was in junior high or high school was easy, but back then I didn’t work 40-to-50 hours a week. And I didn’t have a small press to help run. And I wasn’t volunteering at church. You get the idea.
So, let’s just say I didn’t get it done in a month. But I did get it drafted in about three. It’s called Finding Fireflies, and I’m really happy with it. Far happier with it than I expected to be. But it’s not the goofy, silly, outrageous, insubstantial romantic comedy I thought I was writing. Yes, it’s hilarious and fun, but it’s got an important message in it about not labeling people. It also has turned into a rallying call of sorts to help stop human trafficking.
Check out the post I did about it on the Crosshair Press blog!
What we really need help with, though, is raising funds for some of the extraneous costs of producing a book. With Nameless, we tried letting the sales pay for the production costs, which it did, but we wanted to try something different. So we started a crowdfunding campaign on Pubslush.com, which is the same provider I used for the Being Always Peachy year-long devotional.
I’ve put a sample chapter up on the campaign site, and if you’re interested in getting involved in this project, you won’t regret it. Human trafficking has become a major issue in the United States, and it can’t stop until people realize what’s happening. Most people I talk to don’t even know it’s going on.
So you can pre-order your copy today and help us meet our production goals! Check out findingfireflies.pubslush.com!The more word we can spread about this story, the better off we’ll all be. I’ll be doing a few more posts about it soon, but the pre-order option is only available until January 31! So if you want in on the adventure, jump in now!
I’m really excited–way more excited than I ever thought I’d be about a romantic comedy. So I hope all of you are excited too! Crosshair Press will be doing a cover reveal party in the next few weeks, so follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/crosshairpress) or Twitter (@crosshairpress) for updates!!