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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Making My Dreams Come True, One Way or Another

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.

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12 comments:

MattRoss said...

You're on your way. Good luck!

Zilla of the Resistance said...

You're welcome! I try to add whatever good blogs I find to that thing.

Justin said...

You go girl! Truth be told, I think there are a lot of us out here who are trying to "show them." Heck, a lot of my passion for blogging is being driven by a desire to "show myself"...to show myself that I'm not the failure others thought I was...that I can succeed...that I can do it. I appreciate you sharing the inspiration. Best wishes with your continued empire-building

Zilla of the Resistance said...

Welcome back, SPG! And thank you.

SignPainterGuy said...

Coffee mug high in the air ! Congrats and best wishes ! Prayers are being answered .......things are looking up !

Zilla of the Resistance said...

Thanks, Matt!

Zilla of the Resistance said...

Thanks, Yukio! The only masterpieces of writing waiting to be submitted by me are only collecting dust in my head, yet to be written. I'm always waiting for that quiet moment at home which never comes. LOL Thank you for the words of encouragement, they mean a lot to me.

Yukio Ngaby said...

Congrats MJ!

My best wishes for continued success, and I hope everything works out for you. Best of luck with the store.

One (probably cliched) word of advice on writing-- if you currently have work to submit, don't put it off. Submit work often, and don't get discouraged by rejection letters. I tallied up 127 rejection letters before anything of mine was ever published, and of course they don't just stop after you publish your first piece.

Published writers aren't the most skilled and talented writers around. They're just the ones who are most persistent and who take criticism well.

Keep going MJ. We're rooting for you!

Zilla of the Resistance said...

Thanks, QR! Your encouragement means a lot to me.

Quite Rightly said...

Somehow I think you'll still "show them," Zilla. Keep up the good work!

Zilla of the Resistance said...

Thanks, Rita! Imagine what I'll be able to do once my kids are older, maybe I'll find a free TV station I can make use of. LOL

Rita said...

*WHISTLES LOUDLY* Yes! Those dreams of yours is coming true! One step at a time and I couldn't be more proud of you! (((((hugs!)))))

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