Most fairy tales have a common event. The wait. It’s when everything has already happened, but the ending has yet to arrive. It’s that period before the resolution. The shoe fits. The poisoned apple is dislodged. A kiss awakens a long-sleeping princess. The woodcutter splits open the wolf’s stomach.
But before that, it’s the wait. Cinderella has to watch both her step-sisters try on the shoe that is rightfully hers. Snow White has to lay in state until hoping someone will give her the Heimlich. The Sleeping Beauty…sleeps. Little Red Riding Hood is cramped into a stomach with her grandmother.
That’s how I feel right now. I’m in the waiting room wondering if my story will have a satisfying end. Or beginning. I know this is only the start of my public writing life, even though I’ve been working on this moment for years. But I’m no shrinking princess or little girl lost. My wait is more pregnant pause than intermission.
So, tomorrow, July 24, 2018, A Smuggler’s Path goes live digitally and the paperback will be my happily ever after. Or more like cliffhanger before then next installment. If fairy tales teach us anything, it’s good things come to those who wait!
And speaking of wait, the wait is almost over the free copy of A Smuggler’s Path contest. I’ve also decided to allow any comments from the start of the contest to any post since the Fairy Tale Book Club to be valid as entrance into the contest. So if you comment on this post or any from this month, you’re automatically included in the giveaway! Good Luck!