(At the bottom of this post I’ve listed some news, so stick around to the end!)
Oh my goodness. I can’t believe it’s been two years since I first released TUT! I remember the night it reached Amazon. My grandparents wanted so badly to order it, but they insisted my parents should be the first to buy. It was the talk of my household, extended family, and etc. for months. My great-grandmother had her son drive her all over town, attempting to get libraries to start selling my book.
(In case you were wondering, no one took it.)
And here we are now. Since then, I’ve rewritten the sequel twice (and I’m getting ready to do it a third time), and I wrote an entire third installment, which remains untouched. I’ve also moved to a different state twice since April 22nd, 2015 – once to Seattle, and again to Chattanooga. I lived in Louisville, KY at the time of TUT. Not to mention: it wasn’t till months later that I launched WLAB!
Oh, how time flies!
I know I’ve posted a lot of facts about my beloved “TUT” over the years. It was what I was most looking forward to when I started this blog! But, to celebrate this day, here is a batch brand new, never-before-seen facts – 10 of them, to be exact!
So without further ado, shall we begin? 🙂
10 Brand New “TUT” Facts
1. I have no idea where the TUT document may be. I have the original draft on my computer, but the whereabouts of the edited version remain a mystery! (I had better find that, come to think of it. . . .)
2. My preschool best friend bought a copy. I haven’t seen her since we were itty-bitty, but it absolutely made my day to hear that she bought my book! (Supposedly she liked my frequent use of the word, “pup,” because as a kid I had a stuffed dog with the same name. I couldn’t believe she remembered!)
3. We worked on TUT a bit while at Disney World. We went to Disney just a month before the publication. My parents allegedly worked on my draft while we were there!
4. I gave my book as gifts after its release. Examples: my friend’s birthday came a few weeks after the release. And later that year, I gifted one of our own personal copies to my Lit. teacher.
5. We announced the news of my publication at Christmas, 2014. My family was excited, to say the least! And very impatient to read it.
6. Before I’d decided to squash TUT into one big novel instead of a trilogy, I’d already finished all the cover art for the three books. The books were to be titled: The Undiscovered Tribe; The Lengthening Shadows; and The Final Ember.
7. Sun and Mole were best friends as younger wolves. When Mole’s pup was born, he went to Sun for advice! (Despite Sun not having any pups.)
8. WaterWolves were initially called “SeaWolves.”
9. One bored day, I wrote down the most popular name from each tribe. WaterTribe: “Sea”; FrozenTribe: “Ice”; FlightTribe: “Cliff”; TunnelTribe: “Whisker”; and FireTribe: “Spark.”
10. FireTribe is/was the only tribe with elemental powers. Kind of odd, yeah? (Granted, WaterTribe is later mentioned to have magical elements. But that doesn’t apply right now. 😉 )
And now, for the news.
– I am no longer participating in Camp NaNoWriMo: hence why I haven’t posted about it in a while. The reason being: I’ve been putting my writing time toward a much larger goal, aka TGWFTC! The going is slow, and stressful at times – it’s editing, after all – but I’m so excited about it. I’m only a few chapters in, but I can already see the story coming together!
– I apologize for my lack of posts! As I said, I have been busy with TGWFTC. I’ve also been having some personal problems that may prevent me from posting as often as I was before. I’m trying to right the problem! 🙂
– Yes, WLAB does look different! I was hoping for a simpler look that would be more functional for those who are reading from their phones. What do you think of this new look? Are you absolutely in love with this one, or do you find yourself missing the old one? Let’s hear your thoughts!
Thank you so much for sharing this anniversary with me! I’m so grateful that I was published two years ago today. My grandfather said to me today: “For someone who didn’t know what they were doing, you did it well.” I can’t help but agree. 😉
Have a fabulous day, and as always: