Ever since I was a little girl, I had some dreams that I hoped to see come true in my lifetime. I wanted to be a writer, I wanted to have my own bookstore, and because I was a shy misfit, I wanted to be the rich and famous head of my own empire, you know, to "show them all". Thanks to the wonders of our modern world, I'm actually making those dreams come true, even if it's not quite in the way that I had envisioned it as a child.
No, I'm not rich or famous (yet), in fact I am still quite broke (tip jar's over there on your right and there is ad space available at the blogs), but I've risen from absolute obscurity to being a blogger whose work sometimes gets mentioned at places that I consider important and things look to be getting better from here, with more people reading both blogs every day (current average views to the Zilla blog are about 5000 a month and rising, and the Soup is getting more readers with the new format and all the spiffy new writers here too). One of these days I'll finally feel like I am ready to try my hand at submitting articles to some of the places I'd like to be published at. Making my writing dream come true is a work in progress that I pursue around mombligations and occasionally when I really should be sleeping and that is how it will remain while my kids are still very young.
Another dream came true today though, thanks to Amazon, I now have my very own bookstore! It will probably be some years in the future before I ever have a brick & mortar bookstore complete with cafe, but having one online is a really neat for me, because it is a lifelong dream fulfilled in its own way. You can check it out by scrolling down towards the bottom of any of my blogs or you can click HERE to get to its independent page. I'm still adding categories and products, but there's already a wide selection that there I think those of you who read either the Soup or Zilla blog will enjoy. I hope you'll like it, and I welcome suggestions if there is something you'd like to see me carry there.
I am laying the groundwork for my empire (OK micro-mini empire), and I'm doing it all while I am still flat broke. Oh what a wonderful age we live in! I am no longer the shy little girl who I once was, and I no longer feel a need to "show them", but just in case if they should ever happen to look in my general direction, hopefully they will see someone who is making her dreams come true, one way or another.
May all of you see your fondest dreams made reality too, even if it happens in a way that you'd not quite expected.