I'm on vacation next week. I'm not sure if I mentioned that. There's some planning to those days, some here, some away, but the biggest thing I'll be doing is working on my dream. Which is to say, getting ready to release Light. Sidenote, did I mention two people pre-ordered my book today? Because the moment I saw that pre-order shared on social media, something happened that I've been waiting to have happen since this whole ride began.
It felt real.
Now, I don't mean that in a "so far this has felt like a dream where I prance through fields of posies" because so far, no, it has felt like really hard work (because it was). What I mean is, all that work finally felt like a finished product in a tangible way.
It's awesome. It's terrifying. It's amazing.
And it's really hard to live up to a dream - even your own.
"Katy's Place," by Barbara Meyers
This story was a well-balanced story that was dark - and hopeful - in parts. The set-up is this: Cassie, a woman who as a teen lost control of her car and had an accident that claimed the life of her best friend has just come face-to-face with the friend's mother, many years later. Is there forgiveness? Cassie isn't sure, but when her dead friend's mother asks for time to sit and talk to her, Cassie accepts. What follows is an eloquent - and at times, almost painful - recounting of Cassie's life as she tells the mother everything she has done to try and pay back a debt she knows full well she can never repay.
The story then gives the mother a chance to speak, and the ending - well. If you don't have a shiver up and down your spine, I think you may have missed a word or two. I Never Thought I'd See You Again continues to deliver.