Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is JAIME SAMMS. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
Happy Birthday Month to Clare!
It’s amazing to think yet another year has passed and here we are again. 2016 is proving to be the year of revamping and reinvesting in my social media presence, trimming what I don’t use and using what I keep to better advantage. Let’s face it. Gone are the days when I could spend hours upon hours playing around on LiveJournal or browsing DeviantArt. (Now it’s FaceBook and Pinterest….lol!) But as I’ve been looking through my own old posts, I’ve wondered how it happened I have landed so far from where I began?
Not that it hasn’t been a pleasant journey. It most certainly has. Sometimes rough, sometimes treacherous and difficult, but not without it’s rewards.
I look back and see through the posts I used to make how very much I didn’t know. And how much I didn’t care that I didn’t know. I was having fun with a blog and stories and making s*** up. It was awesome.
I’m glad some things, at least, never change. I mean, I don’t blog for fun anymore. Because it isn’t fun. It’s work, and as it happens, that’s another thing that hasn’t changed. I still don’t want to feel like I’m working for a living.
I think, though that the very best thing about this whole gig isn’t even the writing (which I love) or the blogging ( which…mmmm…notsomuch) but the friendships. If you don’t speak for months at a time, but meet up at a convention for coffee, it’s like no time has passed, and that is a thing I would not give up in a million years.
That’s why I always take Clare up on her Birthday blog. Wayback at the beginning, I stumbled across a short story she wrote and it was dirty and sexy and sinister and unique and because I didn’t know any better back then, I commented and started up a conversation and here we are…years later still friends and even when we don’t speak for weeks or months at a time, it feels like it was just yesterday.
Making a living at writing is hard. Never let anyone try and convince you otherwise. It’s the friendships and the commiseration sometimes, that are all you have to get you through. It’s finding an email in your inbox that doesn’t say “We’ve accepted your Manuscript” but “I’ve accepted your friendship, your rants, your celebrations, your strong shoulder, your hard days and open heart.” There is not a royalty check on earth that can replace that.
So happy birthday, Clare! May your words never fail you and your unique and inspirational voice always ring through.
Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.