|Me, ten years ago, a few weeks after I started this blog.|
My my my. Ten years of Ego Burn. I'd say "Where did the time go! I can't believe it's been 10 years!" But I can believe it's been 10 years. And I know exactly where the time went; it went into hard work. My first Ego Burn post, which makes me cringe to read now, was on March 12, 2010. In it, I moaned about rejection. Over the years, I moaned a lot about rejection because rejection was the inspiration for this blog.
As I was writing and pitching my first novel, The Weather Inside, the rejection was brutal. To deal with it, I sought out other writers who were experiencing the same thing. And I found them in the blogosphere. Jackson Bliss, MB Caschetta, Julie Farman and others. They were writing, struggling and putting themselves out there, just like I was. But they were also succeeding! Which meant that maybe I could succeed too! With their wind at my back, I started this blog -- both to help me figure out my writing life and to add another voice to that community of writers. To help another writer like Jackson, MB and Julie helped me.
I don't know if Ego Burn made a difference in the lives of any other writers, but it certainly made a difference in mine. This blog helped me develop my voice as a novelist. And it's partially responsible for getting me my first book deal. Did I ever go into that here? I can't remember. Long story short, a writer friend shared this blog with an editor at Freehand Books. What that editor read here made them curious about my manuscript, so they reached out to my then-agent. When that agent and I parted ways, I reached out to Freehand... and a year later, The Weather Inside was on bookstore shelves. Without this blog, it's very likely that Weather would never have been published. And if Weather didn't get published, I doubt that I would have had the confidence to write my new manuscript, Nine Dash Line.
So, this weird little blog has made my writing life possible. I owe it everything.
And I owe my Ego Burn readers, too. To all of you out there -- lurkers and commenters alike -- thanks for following this blog. I hope it's helped you with your own writing journey, or at least entertained you. And to Matt Wilson -- you're going to laugh, but this is true -- your support of this blog has been awesome since day one. Thanks for leaving comments; you always made me feel like someone was actually reading this thing, and that's meant a lot to me over the years.
And thanks to everyone who has read and supported The Weather Inside. Hopefully you'll get to read Nine Dash Line too.