Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's the little things

OK, I haven't updated this blog in a while, and as it is now December, I thought should post at least once more in 2014. (Note to self: update blog quarterly in 2015!)
Evergreen trees in the snow - just because!
A while back, I participated in that "10 books that stayed with you" list on Facebook. One of the people whom I had tagged to participate in the list-making later mentioned in her comments that she should have also included my first book, Fortune Cookie, on her list. As you might imagine, I was hugely flattered.

Before I was published writer, I had "delusions of grandeur" and assumed I'd be famous and that my words would touch thousands of people. And of course, I'd get to go on Oprah and my books would be bestsellers. Instead, it seems that my words have touched much tinier numbers. But that's OK, as a small press Canadian writer, my audience is not exactly large. However, hearing from the handful who have been moved or affected by my work has made my writing efforts feel meaningful. In the same vein, I have another "fan friend" who reads Fortune Cookie every year as her "end of the year" book, which is both humbling and massively gratifying.

So what I'm trying to say is: for writers like me, it's the little things that make the writing process all worthwhile.

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