At last, some context for the cover.
I’ve been reading The Tipping Point, which talks about how epidemics of ideas and behaviors spread. What I found particularly interesting is the idea that some ideas/products are Contagious and/or Sticky. A Contagious concept is one that spreads rapidly through a population — such as a meme. People both react to it and want to share it as soon as they see it. A Sticky idea, on the other hand, is one that stays with people, that they keep with them, think about, and make a connection with.
I was thinking about how these concepts applied to my own work. I’ve always felt that LeyLines has good Stickiness. The people that find it, if it’s to their tastes, REALLY like it. You guys have always been a phenomenal source of support. As I am fond of saying, “LeyLians are mighty indeed!”
However, I do wonder if my work fails in the “Contagious” regard. I’m honestly not sure. I sometimes feel like this is the best darned story that hardly anybody has heard of. Based on the site statistics, there’s probably about 300 people world-wide that read, and that number hasn’t gone up much in the last year. At the same time, based on the survey results, many readers found LeyLines through a friend. So which conclusion is right?
Sometimes it’s very discouraging. I always try to push myself, to get a little bit better, so that my stories are more effective at communicating and connecting with readers. At the same time, doubt often creeps in and whispers that I’ll never be good enough to do this as a career. I will always have to split my time between storytelling and the day job, a fate that sounds akin to being able to fly, but having one foot chained to the ground.
I’ve never been a person that had faith in anything. Over the past two years, when I finally allowed myself to fully commit to the idea of pursuing storytelling as a career, I’ve had to learn faith. To accept the idea that I CAN become good enough, that given enough persistence and growth I WILL learn to create work that touches many people. Stories that are both meaningful AND accessible. And to believe that, given time, the small company I’ve started will grow such that I can support myself, and transition to creating stories not just all the time, but for the rest of my life.
Thank you to everyone that’s shared LeyLines with others. Any time I get an email or tweet from a reader saying someone had shared it with them, it helps renew the belief that my goals are possible. That this is not an impossible dream, but a reality within reach. That, more than anything, is an affirmation of faith.
What do you have faith in?