I'm bringing a limited-edition chapbook of gaming stories to GenCon, so Andrew and I have been digging through old entries and columns to put it together. This weekend he found and sent me the following old post, with the note: "Nothing to do with gaming, but it's REALLY short and I think we could both use the reminder from time to time"
He's right. I think we can all use the reminder from time to time.
(Imagine the sound of The Vault opening)
It drove me crazy, during the marketing and promotion of Just A Geek, that I couldn't convince the publicity department to stop it with the "It's a Star Trek Bio! Sci-Fi! Sci-Fi!" message and tell readers what I wanted them to get out of the book.
The thing is, a lot of readers who expected that sort of book were pissed because it wasn't what they got, (a few of them were pleasantly surprised, but the ones who wanted a gossipy Star Trek tell-all let me know what an asshole I was for misleading them and wasting their time) but readers who were at least marginally familiar with my blog, who were looking for something different, grokked a different fundamental story in the text. A few days ago, WWdN reader Stephanie wrote me the following, which I reprint with her permision:
What I took from your book is that you shouldn't let one thing you do in your life define you - because we do several different things in our lives and there is more than one thing that makes us who we are.
That's a really big part of my story. I'm really glad you grokked it, Stephanie, and I hope it inspired you and others to follow your dreams, whatever they may be.
(Imagine the sound of The Vault closing)