Today is my birthday! My 30th birthday... I know...
In 30 years, I've learned a lot, grown a lot, and failed a lot. Originally, as I sat down to write this post I was going to make a nice long list of my accomplishments over the years, but who wants to read that? Ha! So to make things a little more fun, in honor of my big thirty, I thought it might be fun to make a list of three of my biggest fail moments!
1. When I was about 14, a friend of mine, a boy, told me that I was a weakling. To which I just had to prove him wrong. I brought back my arm to punch his arm. Unfortunately, I didn't account for him dodging the probably weak blow, and ended up hitting his shoulder blade.. Needless to say, he walked away laughing, and I walked away with a broken knuckle, a cast to my elbow, and a hurt ego.
2. When I was about 15, my dad drove a tow truck. A friend and I thought of a really cool new way to play tag, the person who was it would spin around 10 times then chase the other...Not very well thought out might I add, but what did we have to lose? I was first, I spun around fast, probably more than 10 times, and I began to run, I turned to look behind me when I ran smack into the bed of the tow truck completely clothes-lining me. To this day I'm pretty sure it knocked me out cold for a few seconds...
3. When I was 18, I worked at Starbucks. Yes. It was awesome. I had worked there for a long time, years in fact. When I had just finished making a Venti Iced drink for someone, I set it on the serving counter and slid it forward like I had on any other day. It slid a couple inches and then tipped over and spilled E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E. The customer jumped back out of the way, but I'm sure it still got on their pants...I was humiliated. To this day I still think about it every so often. I wonder if I am the butt of someones story still... "When I went to get my coffee the idiot spilled it on me..she was probably new!" HA!
Ha! Well, at least all these moments can give me a good laugh now.. and you too! :)
Happy 30th to me!
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This morning I happened to be perusing the land of Facebook, when I came upon a post that was from another author. This author was messaged by a reader, basically stating that she loved her books, but after reading them she had to then return them because she could not afford 0.99-2.99 for books.
I wasn't going to post about it, but then it got worse. The author then blocked the reader because she felt so offended, this person then made a new account and messaged her again. Yelling at her for hurting her feeling, saying that in the past this message has reached other authors who have then turned around and made her a beta reader, etc.. She got pretty nasty towards the author, and even went on to say that "we (readers) shouldn't have to pay for stories that are in your head."
I was simple flabbergasted by the audacity of these statements, and I hope to never experience them for myself. And I hope that this author takes her statements with a grain of salt and moves on and continues her writing journey.
The time that an author devotes to a book, pours over the right word choice and such for every sentence of a hundred and some odd page book, is countless. Without mention of the money for editing and production, time marketing, etc.. that has been put into making that book/series what it is today. Cannot be put lightly.
Authors wouldn't be able to continue to do what they do without the support of our readers. 100% you readers are what makes us authors continue, but when one person takes a stand of this nature it's very heartbreaking, not just for the author involved but all authors.
So I hope by writing this you decide to not only to continue to support authors like myself, but to make sure that if a book has touched you, tell your friends, tell the author because you just might make their day.