It’s been almost ten years to the day that I sold my first  book.  Ten years since I started this crazy, amazing journey as an author.  I’ve learned a lot in those ten years.

To commemorate the anniversary, I’d like to share my Top Ten Things I’ve Learned since I became an author.

1)     My house is clean.  Actually, it’s not but I don’t seem to notice the dust as much as I used to.  Or dead plants.  Or dishes in the sink.  Or kitty tracks on the hood of my car.  There is something to be said for lowering your standards.

2)     Your family can find the peanut butter by themselves if you ignore them long enough.

3)     The cats will not tolerate an empty food dish no matter how long you ignore them.

4)     My muse is my friend, my enemy, and my soul.  It’s a love-hate thing.  Kind of like the holidays.

5)     A reader letter or email will keep me smiling for a week.

6)     Some days I honestly don’t know what I’m doing so I just keep writing.  Somehow it all works out.  Intuition is a remarkable thing.  Trusting it is the hard part.

7)     It’s better to show your children how to set and reach goals than it is to simply tell them.

8)     I’ve knitted, crocheted, quilted, sewn, cross-stitched, decorated, painted, collaged, baked, gardened, made jewelry, and tried just about every other hobby there is.  Nothing comes close to writing.  It is the most consuming, terrifying, exhilarating and satisfying thing I’ve ever done.

9)     Some days, you can’t write.  When you can’t write, read.  When you can’t read, dream.

10)  If you wear a Bluetooth headset, people won’t know you’re talking to your characters.

Here’s to the next ten years!

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