"I definitely had this narrative for you.
I was going to say something such as, it is not much to say that I had never published a book as of February 22, 2007, but I was less than a month away from my debut novel Lucky Man coming out, March 15, 2007 to be exact.
I had also been writing for around 10 years at that point.
I had two children.
I had a 9-5 job.
I was always overwhelmed, but I was managing.
And all of that is true.
I was also going to say that so many of the things I wanted during the ten years prior to February 22, 2007 started then. And that the 10 years since has been unique, a life filled with small successes and lots of cool shit. Published books. Meeting writers I admire. Speaking opportunities.
All of which fit neatly into a narrative I was, and have been, cranking out in my head both before, and during, the conception of this piece.
It's just that, while this is one possible narrative, and while I tell it to myself a lot, it overlooks a lot as well."