A co-worker of mine walked up to me today, barely holding back tears as she handed me the
book, and gave me a huge hug. All she said was "Mm...Mmm...Mmmmmmm." as she shook her
head and slowly walked away. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present!
We are so close, but it feels so far away! While the redesigned cover for Uncle Actica should be uploaded before New Year's, the cover art for The Storms of Tarshish still needs a couple of minor tweeks. And I still have to consider the comments and suggestions of my beta readers, re-read the
manuscript, make my final changes, and send it off to Polgarus Studios in Australia for proof-reading and formatting. Then comes the upload, the printed proof copy (more waiting!) and, barring further tweeks, the final click to release the book to market. I'm hoping for the end of January... But finally admitting to myself that it could be -- will likely be --February. I can't wait!
"Patience, Grasshopper," I remind myself. "It will happen. Take a deep breath, turn the last pages of 2016, and look back in wonder at the wisdom you have accumulated this year."
Alright. Okay. I'll close this manic ramble with the more profound things that come to mind. I hope you will find them inspiring.
I learned that forgiving can make you feel and look ten years younger.
That laughing daily with a good friend can melt away a decade of
accumulated hurt and bitterness, so...
That you can find the better, happier person you used to be.
That you don't have to play other people's games, all over again.
That some nutritional supplements can really screw with your mental health.
That a few milligrams of melatonin before bed can change your life for the better.
That somewhere in western Kenya, three hundred kids know my name.
That even at my most foolish, my Creator still speaks to me, kindly and gently, and
says "Andrew, step back from the edge."
Thank you, dear friends, readers, and fans for your help, your encouragements, and entusiasm. Your support has, at times, been the very force which has propelled this project forward.
I wish you prosperity, blessing, and peace in the coming year.
And have patience...the Storms a'comin!