Even a Little Foolish…

“Fear knocked at the door.  Faith answered.  And lo, no one was there.”  ~Author Unknown

If you do something in faith and the world thinks you are a fool for it, does it mean any less? If you do something in faith and are proven to be wise for having done so, does it mean any more?

I bought stationery with my pen name on it, long before this day. Had this day never come, I would still be writing, still be dreaming, still be venturing into worlds previously unknown. But, this day is here…this day, awaited for so long, brings with it the release of my first-born, Son of Ereubus. In the grand scheme of things, it means very little. In the whole of my life, it carries no more weight than any other day. But, somehow, to my soul and perhaps my heart, it bears more weight than any day in my past or any day that has yet to come. How can I know the latter?

Because, like so many authors, it isn’t about the day the world recognizes me. It never was. Today marks more than the birthday of my debut novel’s publication, it marks a permanent change in my spirit. It’s a beautiful, breathtaking thing, that I didn’t foresee anymore than I foresaw the process being so heartbreaking. 

There is more than a silver lining…

Through the response of readers, I’ve seen Adoria anew. I’ve felt the crisp, biting winter wind on my cheeks like never before. I’ve felt love’s kiss with untested passion. I’ve borne the guardianship of Man with unshakeable resolve. I’ve seen the slavery of Eidolon, the tyranny of the Laionai, the cruelty of the Ereubinians, and the faith of Man through more than the eyes of a listless vessel.

Saturday morning, I woke up to a stunning bouquet of lilies and roses. A dear friend and fellow author (Douglas Brown and his gorgeous wife Angie) sent them to me to congratulate this milestone, but today I did something for myself—something to once again show the universe that this venture, this calling, I do for me and me alone…

I bought a silver birthstone necklace, on which I had engraved the three principal characters in Fable (Guardians). I chose an April birthstone (3) because it’s as close as you can come to white Adorian stone. On the back, I engraved the date and the title of the first book. The keepsake box that came with it will read, “Guardians of Legend.”  

Am I being dramatic and ridiculous? Probably. Do I care? Not even a little bit. Do I care that this is the release of a small press book over a debut with Tor, or Del Ray? You should know me well enough by now to know the answer to that. If this is your first post here at The Asylum, let me recommend that you start from the beginning and work your way forward. The madness will make a lot more sense that way.

So here’s to being utterly selfish, dramatic, ridiculous and even a little foolish…

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13 responses

  1. Very well written. I’ve known long before this day of your talent for words and even if today never came, I’d still be a fan. Congratulations and enjoy your new phase in your writing adventure.

  2. Congratulations! Your authenticity is refreshing! 😉 Your sentiment brings to mind John 20:29. That is what happens to Christians when they come to believe in God. They have not seen Him, but their hearts are aflame with love for Him. Christ spoke about such people when He said: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” .

    They are blessed, for they did not seek logical proofs, but the fire which God places in people’s hearts.

  3. Well, the day has finally come and now there is no more dreaming or hoping for this day.Now the question isn’t who is going to let you, it’s who is going to stop you? My prediction is “Nobody!” Congratulations and eternal Best Wishes.

  4. Congratulations! I hope many readers will find their way to your amazing world!
    I love the necklace idea.

  5. This is a beautiful, touching post! I hope you use that stationery so much you have to buy more! I’m so excited for you and I wish I had had the foresight to send you flowers. You know, since you sent me flowers…sigh. I love you for that and for many other reasons, another one being that you got a necklace centered around Guardians.

    Congrats on your release! Rhemalda is a fantastic family to be a part of. 🙂

  6. Congratulations once again, Breanne! You deserve a treat 🙂 Keep up the good work. I haven’t yet been to a book store this week, but I’m willing to bet you’re there!

  7. It’s ironic that this is the day your book goes out, since this is also the same day I’ve receieved your signed copy in the mail. 😀 And I’m VERY excited to get a hold of it. However, perhaps not as excited as you must be. Congratulations! Your sentiment and devotion inspires all of us aspiring writers, especially me.

  8. Heartfelt congratulations!! The book is wonderful, I am on the second reading. I gobbled it up the first time around, and now I can take little bites and savor it all over again. More Please!!

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