It's Labor Day, and I can already feel fall rapidly approaching. Kids are back in school, the weather is getting cooler, and Christmas will be here before you know it. Normally, this is when my garden is winding down and my freezer is stocked with veggies for the winter. This year, however, instead of a bountiful harvest, I have an abundance of weeds. No decent veggies or flowers to speak of, just weeds. That's what happens when you start writing because, when left untended, all sorts of things will sprout in the least likely of places.
Our topic this month here on the Casa blog is abundance, which brings me to another thing I have in abundance: Blog posts. I'm not even going to venture a guess as to how many I've written since I first signed with Sourcebooks back in June of 2007, but there are are a lot of them out there in cyberspace. I've written about topics ranging from hunks to horses and everything in between, some worth reading and some not, but they resulted in something I didn't expect. They've netted me an abundance of friends.
Friends I've never even met and probably never will. People who write, and people who read. Friends on Facebook, friends who email, friends I've met at conferences and at my local RWA chapter meetings, and, of course, friends on blogs. It's amazing!
Before I began writing, most of my friends were people I worked with at the hospital, and most of them, though not all, work in the same unit. That number grew exponentially once my first book was published and I went online. I've kept every email from readers that I've ever received, and many that I go back and read from time to time. Some people I hear from on a daily basis and some only when a new book comes out, but the gist of this is that I'm interacting with more people than ever before.
And how does this make me feel?
Wealthy. Blessed. And, yes, abundant.