Is it a copout that I’m spending my last day of Write 365 as a thank you letter?
Probably, but give me this allowance. I’ve worked pretty hard over the past year.
Thank you to Peter Speer, who inspired me to start this whole thing. He was the first one I saw talking about it on twitter, and a simple question about it started my year-long literary journey.
Thank you to Dan Sackett and Andrew Dugan, who provided early inspiration in the form of comments and support. It felt good knowing that someone was in on this with me. It felt like we were going on a journey together, and even though the entire year didn’t go as planned, I think you guys put out some fantastic stuff. I am constantly in awe of your writing and ideas, guys. And as much as you say I inspire you, Dan, your work in both fiction and graphic design inspires me.
Thank you to Jordan, who has supported me without fail since day one when I told her I do a little bit of writing. She is one of a select few who has read my completed novel, and her continued love and support drives me to write every day so that one day maybe I can use this to give her all the things she deserves.
Thank you to anyone who inspired me. Several of you found your ways in my writing, and for that I thank you. Chad, Wish, Ashley, Melissa, Joey — all of you, in some way, made such an impact on me that I had to put it down in writing. And I thank you for the groundwork and the inspiration.
And finally, thank you to anyone who I told my resolution to. Anyone who said, “Hey, that sounds like a cool idea. Good luck,” or, “Writing every day? Wow, that sounds tough.” To anyone who ever indulged my countless speeches about why I write and what I plan to do with it, thank you.
It is only fitting that my final piece of fiction tops out at 365 words. Fitting and also intentional. But hey, I can be cheesy. I’ve earned it.
Bring on 2012!