My mom raised me, my sister and brother pretty much on her own. We didn’t have much money; in fact we were rather poor. Although we didn’t have money, we had a large, close extended family that was so much fun, a lack of money didn’t really matter. It always seemed like we had enough. But there was one thing I missed out on. At the start of every school year when other kids would come back from summer eager to tell stories of vacations, I had none. No theme parks, no trips to the ocean, or even other states. Our idea of splurging was going to McDonalds. No joke.
As an adult it’s always been a dream of mine to take my family (about twelve people) on a vacation. Yeah, high hopes. I might as well have been asking for a trip to the moon. I’ve been a published author for over four years now, but it was only in this past year that I actually made a living out of writing. For the first time in over ten years, I made a real salary and it was mostly because of my self-published books.
I have no idea how long the success will last, but I plan on enjoying it while I can. So this last year I decided to plan that family trip. At the beginning of this new year, not long after Christmas, I took eleven of my family members (including my mom, brother and his family) to Disney World. We stayed in their cheapest hotel, and drove instead of flying, but it was an amazing five day trip! It wasn’t just a dream come true for me. My son, who is an only child, loved having his five cousins around to share the experience. The picture on the right is of my son and his cousin walking through Magic Kingdom. It was a wonderful trip and I’ll always be grateful for not only self-publishing, but also for all of the readers who have enjoyed and promoted my books.
What about you…is there a dream that you’re hoping will come true? Or something you always wished for and got? I’m picking one winner who will receive a signed copy of To Seduce an Earl in paperback, the book on CD, and no, that’s not a movie (I wish!) but a CD that can be converted in some way onto an IPod or MP3 player (and don’t ask how, I haven’t a clue!). Just leave a comment!