Friday, January 11, 2019

DREAMS COME TRUE // i'm a published authoress! + my story is ONLY FREE for today



A dream of mine has come true today.


It's kind of hard to wrap my head around.


I considered whether I'm being too dramatic about this...


I mean, I haven't seen many authors announce simple publications, such as online publications, with "MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE." They're more like... "I've been published! How exciting! Don't forget to read it!" And that's all.


Which is TOTALLY FINE AND I LOVE THAT.


But this publication is a first and a huge deal to me.


It's a milestone, to be honest.


It IS a dream come true.

~

So, since it's a dream come true, I'm not going to let that stop me from calling it as such simply because of a silly worry that it'll look dramatic. Or childish. Or unprofessional.


Any other writers reading this can probably relate to publication being the dream.


Short story, novella, full-length novel...


Online publication, self-publication, traditional publication...


It's not just exciting, it's what we've been working towards for a LONG TIME.


Over the years, I have seen so many stories published in online magazines, print magazines, anthologies, etc., etc.


THAT HAPPENING TO ME HAS BEEN SUCH AN ENORMOUS DREAM OF MINE.


An enormous dream that felt so out of reach.


Submissions went out, and hope swelled within me. My dream becoming reality danced just out of reach...


Then the rejections hit my inbox, and the dream felt like a fantasy again. 


As impossible as stepping through a closet into Narnia.


As likely as physically stepping through the pages of LotR into Middle Earth.


No more real than a magical sea serpent.


Well, I'm living proof today that dreams DO come true.

~

If I could, I'd send a letter back in time to my younger self, telling her that her dream is not an impossible fantasy.


Her attempts - her fight - to make that dream come true will be worth it.


They are leading to something...


Not failure, but victory.


And that's what I'm telling you today:


Dreams come true, okay??? Including YOURS.


If you keep fighting, keep trying, keep building your craft and growing your abilities and knowledge towards that dream...


... that dream is much closer to coming true than you may think.


And above all, remember that God is behind it.


Keep praying, and keep knowing in your heart that He knows where every step leads.


He's the one who brings you your victories, and He knows exactly where He's hidden those victories along your path.


Whatever your dream is, whenever your first or next victory comes, and whatever you do...


Don't. Lose. Hope. 

~



Hey, friends! (What do think of the format of my message above? It came to me on a last-minute whim... XD) As has been made abundantly clear already, today is a very exciting day.

My story The Elusive Serpent, a pirate fantasy flash fiction, has been published on Havok! And it's only free for today, January 11! So if you're interested, be sure to check it out at gohavok.com. If you're interested and reading this post after January 11, never fear! Their membership is very reasonably, affordably priced. Plus, with a membership you can vote for stories to be included in Havok's anthology coming out in July. EPICNESSSS.

Comment below about dreams coming true, and you don't need a membership to comment on Havok, so if you read my story and want to comment there, you can!


Dream big. Work hard. Trust God.
And wreak havoc.
<3



The Lord's Truly,

38 comments:

  1. ITS HERE! Lila, its sooo goood. Idk if my comment on havoc went through, but I'm gonna comment on both anyway.

    I love it. The ENDING. I am shooketh. Congratulations, friend.

    (Also we get a super encouraging post, to boot. )

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    1. Ahh see now I misspelled Havok. Curse you, autocorrect.

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    2. YES!! Thanks so much, Danielle! Looks like your comment came through, YAY!

      :D :D :D Thaaaaaanks. *squeaks*

      ALL THE SMILES! ALL THE THANK-YOUS! ALL THE THINGS!

      Yep, autocorrect can be the absolute worst sometimes. XD

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  2. YOUR STORY WAS SO GOOOOD, LILA!!!!! You’re going to do great things with your writing, that’s for sure! <3

    (Also, I love the intro! It was so encouraging!)

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    1. THANKS SO MUCH, NICOLE, I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKED IT!!! <33333

      (Yay! I was hoping it wasn't too sappy... XD)

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  3. CONGRATS! That's a big deal, and your story was lovely!! <3

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    1. Thanks so much, Zane! I'm happy you enjoyed the story!! <3

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  4. oh my gosh, CONGRATS Lila!! <3 <3 I can't wait to read your story!

    and I loved the intro to your post <3 <3

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    1. THank you, Allison, I'm pretty excited!! <333

      ALL THE HEART EMOJIS. <3 <3

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  5. I bought a subscription because I have so many friends published in Havok this month and didn't want to miss any of your stories amidst my crazy work schedule. Can't wait to read them all!

    keturahskorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Cool beans! Now it doesn't matter if you miss a day! :D

      Crazy work schedules... :P The struggle is real!

      Same here!

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  6. *cue basically the long, drawn-out, crazed scream* I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOUUUUUUUU

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    1. *joins you in the scream* EEP, I'M PRETTY EXCITEDDDDDD!! :D <33

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  8. I am so incredibly proud of you! Your story sucked me in! I was lost at sea. It was amazing. Your blog is amazing. Your faith is amazing. You, my sweet girl, ARE AMAZING! We are so proud! Love you!

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    1. I have no words right now. Your comments have probably made my entire month! 😊💖 Thank you so, SO much. Love you too!!

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  9. CONGRATS, LILA!!! I'm so proud of you, I can't believe that you finally made it :D :D :D :D

    Awesome story, (if a little tragic) I love the pirate lingo :P

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    1. THANKS, NICKI!!! <333 I can hardly believe it myself! :D :D

      Thank youuuu. It's definitely a bit of a tragic story. Poor kid. :P Glad you enjoyed the pirate lingo! ;)

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  10. CONGRATS, LILA! *throws confetti*
    -Quinley

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  11. CONGRATS!!! This is awesome, I'm so proud of you.
    I loved your story! Such a neat twist.
    <33333

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    1. Oh my goodness, Skye, your words mean SO INCREDIBLY MUCH to me! <333

      Thanks! I'm so happy you liked it!

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  12. CONGRATS!!!! So excited for you!!!

    Lia

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  13. AHHHH THIS IS SO EXCITING!!! I read it and it was awesome!! :D Great job, girl!!

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    1. YESSSS I'M EXCITED!!! Thanks so much; I'm so glad you enjoyed, Abigail!

      <3333

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  14. Woww that was totally awesome!!! Great job!!! The ending was just perfect. ;D

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    1. EEEEEP, thank you!!! I'm grinning pretty big right now. :D So glad you liked it!

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  15. AHHHHHHH THAT'S SO COOL!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Nooooooooo, how did I miss this?? *facepalm* Congratulations, Lila! That’s amazing! If you’re planning on submitting again, i’ll make sure I don’t miss that one. 😅

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    1. Oh nooooo, I'm sorry you missed it! But thanks so much!! I'll be sure to let you know if I get published there again. 😁

      <3333

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  17. OH MY GRACIOUS WHAT. I'm coming on too late to get to read the story, but I'm SO EXCITED FOR YOU!! Congratulations, Lila! <3

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    1. THANKS SO MUCH, FAITH!! Sorry you missed it, if you were wanting to read it.

      Thanks again!!! <3

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  18. Well done, and congratulations!!! I'm sure lots and lots of hard work paid off. I'm so excited for you!! <3 <3 *all the hugs*

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    1. Eep, thanks so much, Melissa!! That means a lot to me. <3333 *so many hugs*

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  19. AHHHH I keep forgetting to look at Havok every day...I need to go bookmark it. Grrr but I missed your story.

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU THOUGH!!!!!

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    1. Oh no, sorry you missed it! :/

      BUT THANKS SO MUCH!!!! :D

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