Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Guess what I did last night?

I picked up my dog’s ‘leavings’. It’s true. And I also did dishes over the weekend, and went grocery shopping. I did so many mundane everyday things, it would take me too long to list them here.

I thought everything was going to change.

I thought the sun would shine brighter. I thought someone else would drive me to where I needed to go. AND that the places I needed to go would suddenly become more luxurious, more Grey Pouponish.

Nope. I can sit here on the other side of the first weekend of my authordom and assure you I have no servants. I have no exciting places to go. I have no golden chariot in my driveway. And, no, my driveway did not become paved with gold over the weekend. As much as I expected it to happen, it did not.

This published author is still picking up dog poop. Still getting his hands dirty. C’est la vie.

But I am dancing in the positive feedback my novel is receiving. I am having the time of my life. The more things change, the more they stay the same. But it is also true that the more they change, the more you appreciate everything that doesn’t. I wouldn’t change my life for anything.

Of course I knew that along with the praise that came, I would still be sat here in my same life doing the same daily chores and tasks. This is my life. I share it with the best people I know. I am proud to say I have a wonderful and amazing dog to pick up after. Franny rocks! I even said so in the opening pages of Summer on Fire. I couldn’t thank others, without also thanking her.

I love it here. I don’t expect fame and fortune. I expect to keep on living. And I also expect to keep on chasing my passion. Writing, the process of writing, is everything to me. The fact that a few people will read my words, and that a few of those people will enjoy them, is just an added bonus.

Don’t mind me. I’ll be over here cutting the grass, or pulling the weeds, or picking up after Franny, or doing the groceries, or what have you. And if I’m lucky, I’ll even be sitting in a corner occasionally, writing!

Summer on Fire is now available, by the way (I’m published now…I have to mention that my book is available. Isn’t that to be expected?) You can click on the cover below to be taken to the MuseItUp Publishing Bookstore (or, it’s also available in most online stores where books are available, including Amazon).


By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright. Author of The Camino Club, Billions of Beautiful Hearts, and Book of Dreams, all from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press. Other books: Pride Must Be A Place, Half Dead & Fully Broken, Burn Baby Burn Baby, The Reasons, Sebastian's Poet, and Summer on Fire.

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