This is how I know this Thassos book thing is serious: today was the first day I've left a workshop and actually applied the edits to my piece that fellow writers suggested.
I didn't do this sort of thing in grad school. I didn't do this Roswell. I guess, okay, I did do it in Greece with the pieces I presented at our final reading, but that's because I knew I would be presenting them at our final reading and I should make it better.
But never otherwise have I cared enough about a piece to do anything with it after I took it to workshop. It never occurred to me that I could or should try to publish it. Grad school did a great job of tearing down my ego and making me think my writing was not worth following up with.
But THIS is a project I care about.
And thankfully I have enough people encouraging me and telling me I can do it that I am pushing forward.
Anyhow, today seemed significant because I spent 1.5 hours--in the early morning sunshine (it was glorious!)--making edits, and it felt awesome. I'm actually excited about this!
So, thank you to everyone who is excited about this with me. You are the water that keeps me afloat :)