So it's finally happened.
After over ten years worth of effort I can finally say that I am a published author. The fact that I can say that out loud makes me giddy.
Months ago, John Erdely and I embarked on the process to figure out if we could manage to raise the funds to see if I could get published and so that if he could as well. Thanks to the support of friends and family we can now say that this basic idea was a success. The joy that I feel right now is immense and I can barely express the gratitude I have for everyone's aid in making this a reality.
So what have I learned from all this?
First off, just because an idea sounds impossible, doesn't mean it is. This whole project was immense in scope for someone like me. It required me to be antithetical to myself so that I was outgoing and entrepreneurial. This wasn't an easy task, but the results were worth it.
Secondly, it offers a sense of satisfaction. After all the hours I've poured into my creations I can finally have someone who isn't my editor or myself experience them for the first time. I recently talked to the first reader to finish the book and had a ton of fun listening to his interpretations of the book and his hypotheses for what would happen next. It's an odd feeling to be in this situation and it's one I'm gonna have to get used to, because I hope to experience it over and over again.
Lastly, I have a renewed zeal to continue writing. Seeing everyone's support has made me realize that I'm no longer just writing for myself. There are other people out there who care about what I say and do and I need to be able to continue making them satisfied. That, in and of itself, is enough for me to keep going.
So, in short, this whole challenge has been fun incarnate and I intend to stay faithful to the gifts I've been offered.
M. C. Ashley
Born in Charlotte, NC in 1990. He obtained his Creative Writing degree with a minor in English in 2013. He first started writing in high school after developing an appreciation for Stephen King's The Stand. Four of fan-fiction works, as well as other original works, have been featured on TV Tropes where he is credited as the user "NKSCF." He currently lives in Denver, NC.