Number one son and I are back home! I've got a fantastic sunburn on my lips, of all places, but we had a fabulous time!! The last time I took him to Disney, he hated it, refused to ride anything more than once, and said: "I'd rather be tased than go back." That's a direct quote. When I found some dirt cheap airfare to Orlando, I gave him another chance, and he decided to give it another shot. He's 2.5 years older now, so I was hopeful he'd be feeling a little more adventurous. Good news, he was! The thrill rides were ridden, again, and again, and again. I think he designed six different cars on Test Track, and I created none, which seems mightily unfair since he didn't put in any money for this little trip.
Anyhow, it was awesome! Now that we're back, I'll get to work on Book 8 of The World Keepers. I'm already done with Part 1, which means I'm a third of the way through. I have high hopes for an end of March, beginning of April release date. I'll keep you posted!
Here's a funny story. We took an Uber to the Magic Kingdom one morning because the line at the bus was crazy long and it was already crazy warm, even for a Florida February. The man driving the car immediately launched into telling us about how he's an author, it's his passion, and he often gets character ideas based on the people he drives around. He has a book that he's trying to promote, so he handed his phone back to me and told me to scroll through the pictures, so I'd know what his book looked like, etc. Then he told me about his first book signing and how it was hosted at a restaurant owned by Puff Daddy (the book signing happened before he became P. Diddy, so the driver told me). Apparently, his mother (the driver's, not Puff Daddy's) wasn't super keen on him being an author, so she was shocked that he was having a book signing. He said when he told her, she said something like "Did you set it up yourself, did you self-publish?" in a manner that suggested self-publishing is a bad thing. It was pretty clear he thought self-publishers were a lower class of author, and that made me laugh.
What a great time and place we live in. If you've got a dream, you can make it happen. If you want to be a YouTuber (like my 10-year-old son aspires to be), all you've got to do is keep at it. If you've got a great idea for a book, you can write it. We live in the BEST TIME EVER! No one else gets to decide whether or not your thoughts are worthy. Put it out there, the viewers/readers/listeners will let you know. What you don't need is a vast industry telling you whether or not your stuff is good enough, and that is completely awesome.
Self-publish, I promise, someone wants to read the twisting path of wonder happening in your brain.