As the Day Gets Closer…

It doesn’t seem real yet. It may not seem real even after 12/1 gets here. I think, because I’m still of a generation that associates ‘real’ publication with a physical artifact, that it won’t seem real until me until I’m holding a paperback edition. Publication day for Brutal Light is very nearly here.

I don’t know if I can clearly convey what all is going through my head at this moment. Maybe I shouldn’t try. There’s excitement, sure, but also a fair amount of trepidation. I wonder what the response to the book will be. Will it be liked? Loathed? Will I encounter a vast sea of indifference?

You may not be a writer, but chances are you know what this sort of anticipation is like. If you’ve ever taken a chance in expressing something to someone, something that opened yourself up to potential hurt… you know. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking all at once.

I have no words of wisdom on how to deal with it. Maybe next time. In the meantime, I’m keepin’ busy and getting closer to the day…

Gary W. Olson is the author of the dark fantasy novel Brutal Light and several previously published and forthcoming short stories. He can be found via his website, his blog A Taste of Strange, as @gwox on Twitter, and in many other far-flung places on the Internet.

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