For those of you who don’t know, I’m an actor. That is the job that pays my student loan bills. I love performing. But being an actor isn’t just a job. It’s a way of life. There are some performers who work exclusively in one city. And that’s great for them. But my husband and I have chosen the gypsy path. We take jobs all over the county. We just left Arizona, and next we go to Alaska. We have the amazing opportunity to travel the country while doing what we love. It’s great. But it can also get very lonely. We don’t have a real permanent home. We switch co-workers/roommates every few weeks to few months. Luckily, we have made some friends whom I hope to keep for the rest of my life. But they travel just like we do, or they live somewhere we don’t.
So, when I’m looking to have a big celebration, like last week’s cover reveal, it can be hard. You can’t call your urban family and tell them to show up at the bar you always go to. My urban family is scattered all over the world. But I have a new family. The community of writers that I met through my time with Entranced rallied in the most supportive way, giving me an amazing web cover reveal. Then I have my new publishing family with Silence in the Library, who have been kind enough to adopt me and The Tethering into their family.
Then I have my show family. I have only known some of these people for a few short weeks, but they came out to celebrate. People who had only learned that was a writer when I invited them to come celebrate showed up with bells on. And then there are all of you, my wonderful blog friends. The people I have never met (will probably never meet) who rooted for me to find a new publisher and congratulated me when the impossible happened.
To all of you reading this blog: thank you. Thank you for your support. Thank you for the likes and follows and comments. And even if you have only just found this blog, thank you for reading to the end. Each of you is a part of The Tethering’s journey to publication. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.