A few days ago my laptop’s keyboard started dying. This was a laptop I bought second hand off of eBay last year. It had motherboard issues from the first day I had it and I knew it wasn’t going to last forever, but when you’re stuck with SSI income, you get what you get sometimes.
When the keyboard started going out I posted to my personal Facebook page I was probably going to start crowdfunding for a new used laptop because I can’t write a book without a laptop or some sort of computer.
What I didn’t expect was what happened next.
This afternoon a brand new, straight out of the box, laptop arrived at my door. After a little investigating and some interrogating of my partner. I was told one of our friends had gotten it for me. She had told him not to tell me about it (HE KNEW!) and had sent along some words of encouragement that totally flabbergasted me.
She said I was a badass bitch and she was so proud of me for not making myself “the disabled author,” which means so much to me because this entire process would be so much easier if I promoted myself in the most inspiration porn way possible, but I refuse because that’s not who I am. I want to be known for my writing, not my wheelchair and while I will not hide it, I will not focus on it either.
When telling another friend what had happened she said she was also planning on getting me a laptop when she had the funds.
Y’all this has totally, totally made me speechless.
Neither of these women has read what I’m working on, one of them knows absolutely nothing about it and the other knows very little.
This is the first time in my life I’ve been surrounded by people who support me, who believe in me and what I’m doing, so much so that they’re willing to put their money on me.
I don’t know what to say except I hope I make them proud.
I’ve been in kind of a dark place lately and needed this pick me up more than either of them knows.
My book is now up to 40 thousand words. I’m about halfway done with the first draft then the edits begin.
I’m looking at probably a May release date at this point, but I’ll update you all when things are more official.