Greetings, fellow adventurers! Happy New Year to you all. I realize this kind of a post is a bit late, but I think it can still pass as acceptable. Right? I, like many others, am catching up from the holidays. Thank you for your patience.
I extend my greatest appreciation to everyone who has supported and followed this blog. Since its inception, six months ago, LeafitTOME has gained a surprising number of followers. This would not have been possible without the generosity, experience, and encouraging kindness of others in the literary community. Among these I would like to mention my greatest community supporters: Tara Benham, David Berger, R.L. Blalock, Matthew Cox, Caroline Gill, Ethan Gregory, Carlyle Labuschagne, Courtney Ruggles, Chelsea Starling, and Ednah Walters. Thank you, and the many others, for your various contributions to my efforts.
With the coming of a new year is often found new developments. What would you like to see LeafitTOME do this year? Please enter suggestions in the comments below.
Also, as a big "THANK YOU!" to my readers, I am doing an easy giveaway (Open only to residents of the continuous United States). On January 18th I will be randomly drawing from my subscriber list to award a signed paperback of Skye by Kimberly Loth.
In the summer of 2011, my wife and I decided that we would not have enough space in the house for everything as our little baby would get older and need more personal room. So, we committed to building a small storage shed (12 feet square).
Since then it has also served as a workspace for a metal art studio, where I created my blades (knives, swords, etc.), armor, and other creations. I had pursued this for a while, but I required that I spend many hours away from my family.
I had recently attended Utopia Con in Nashville, TN. It was there that I met an extraordinary group of people that, are in various ways, connected to the writing industry. It was an experience of transformation and clarity for myself and my wife. While she has always had an interest in books, stories and the craft of a tale, she never pursued authorship. Her new friends from that conference have given her the confidence to pursue publishing. For me I also enjoy books, and being in the company of others that do as well. So much that I would share my finding of a next good adventure with people I hardly knew. Before Utopia Con, I did not know that book blogging was a "thing." Now that I do, I know where my next adventure is going.
Which brings us back to the shed, and it's transformation. As a shop, it had sat idle for a few months before the conference. Now we need it for a new purpose: to become a place of solitude and tranquillity for both of us to delve into our respective roles in literature, without the frequent distractions that are commonplace for parents of young children. Please join me on this adventure as I renovate a space, sustain various injuries, and discover a new aspect of my creativity.
I love books! For most of my life I have been reading them, and giving my insights to friends and family. This blog is for sharing that passion with the many others that love books too.