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Here's why I dropped off the earth for a while...

By L.C. SchäferPublished 21 days ago 3 min read
Top Story - November 2023
Photo by Elisha Terada on Unsplash

Boo! I'm here!

I know, I've been right quiet, haven't I!

I know I mentioned recently that I was not able to be around as much because something big was happening - good big, not bad big.

I can see the spine! I can see the spine!

I know a few people know, and probably some people might have guessed, I guess...

I wrote a book.

Surpriiiiiise, amirite?

This is not a drill.

No ads, please, we're British

More importantly, this is not an advert.

I hate being advertised at, so I'm not going to do it here. If you're a V+ member, you're PAYING to be here, and that should mean the lofty privilege of not having to look at bloody ads.

I'm not going to ask you to buy it, I'm not going to link to it, or share a picture of it. I'm not even going to tell you what it's called. That's not what this is. No solicitation, just excitation and appreciation. I just wanted to share the news, before I explode of it.

I dip my toe in Twitter (I'm going to call it that forever, I don't care) occasionally. It is wall to wall with excited scribblers like me showing off their release. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands... There is no faster way to puncture your ink-bloated ego, than to be slammed with the reality of just how vast the ocean of us is. So many unique, identical droplets vying for attention. If each were a snowflake, you could be buried under an avalanche of us.

I don't want to be that guy.

Thank you

I also wanted to say thank you! Should you track down this maniacal scribbling, you will see that you get thanked collectively there as well. All the same, I wanted to do it here. Where you can see the well-earned thank you without spending any money first. As is proper, for a thank you.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you a million times thank you!

For your support, your eyes, your ha'pennies, your feedback, your thoughtful comments. For being a space that, just by existing, encourages me to do the thing, and keep doing the thing. Motivation. Accountability. The occasional blowing of smoke up my rectum, like a tightly wound elastic band to power my little pen. All of it. Most of all, thank you for giving me room to be a bit shit, so I could get better.

Some details

It isn't out quite yet, but release is imminent. I fully expected it to be this week, to be honest. I am checking my email obsessively for an update. (I've grown some new appreciation for that word!) I'll keep you posted.

I am nervous. About all sorts of things. About the personal stuff that leaked out when I wasn't paying attention. About decisions I made (should I have cut that bit? Should I have dropped that character, changed that sentence, used that apostrophe?)

Mostly, I am nervous about typos. I've been over it and over it and over it, until I really was over it... I took that fine-toothed comb to it until I hated every crumb and comma of it. (Of course I wasn't the only one.) But it'll go to print and... oopsies, missed one!

I've already started on the next scribbling.

Here's to many more pages of being a bit less shit. PROST!

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Thanks again! And, as always, thank you for reading. I do my level best to reciprocate as much as I possibly can, so please do leave a comment to make that a bit easier!

If you, too, have done some scribbling, and pushed your scribble off the branch and out into the world... Well, firstly, well done you! I know what that takes, so I really mean that wholeheartedly. Secondly - what's it called? When did you do it? What's it about? TELL ME ABOUT IT DAMN IT! Feel free to include a link (not just a link, please 👍)


About the Creator

L.C. Schäfer

Glass Dolls is out!

Flexing the writing muscle.

Never so naked as I am on a page. Subscribe for "nudes".

I'm also on Twitter if you'd like to connect elsewhere.

Sometimes writes under the name S.E. Holz

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  • Teresa Renton4 days ago

    A book! How cool are you? Well done and congratulations for both book and TS 🥳 Now I won’t speak to you again if you don’t tell us about your book 😂. How else can we buy it? 🤷‍♀️ xx

  • Brenton F5 days ago

    Congratulations are in order for your pending publication and this TS! Bloody good one!

  • Naveed14 days ago

    Excellent effort! Keep up the superb work—congrats!s

  • Laura Lann16 days ago

    Just started sending my first to publishers, I understand how scary it is! Congratulations 🎊 👏 You did something very few get to and it's something to be very proud of!

  • Jackson Gitau20 days ago

    Schafer, you either echo us or we echo you. its been months of kwowingly a bang is inevitable though quietly but aware. love this journey

  • Cathy holmes20 days ago

    Congrats on the TS.

  • Donna Fox (HKB)20 days ago

    I love this post of yours!! It's funny and relatable and such a great bit of scribbling that shows off you as a person!! Happy to see you are back and not only that, you've been kicking ass! Congrats on your roll you've been on with success!! Congrats on the book, congrats on placing in the Vocal awards and congrats on this Top Story!!! Happy to see you flying so high!!

  • Naveed20 days ago

    Congratulations on achieving top story status!

  • Congratulations on your success and your growth as a writer 📑 well done 👍

  • Erica Wagner20 days ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your joy with us!

  • Awesome I'm really happy for you. I Wish your book all the success in the world. I hope it takes off like Harry Potter. Also, I will always call it Twitter too X is such a stupid name and I miss the bird. The bird was iconic.

  • Phil Flannery20 days ago

    Well done you. Good luck with getting it out there and congrats on top story.

  • Paul Stewart20 days ago

    Congrats on this good big news getting Top Story!

  • This is brilliant news! Congratulations! 🤍

  • Mackenzie Davis20 days ago

    Well tell us how to hunt it down! I know you use pen names, so at least give us a clue as to what name you published it under!! Congratulations, LC! I am so excited for you and I really want to buy your book. I hope this means you'll be back publishing here more often (perhaps one on the book publishing process??). During your hiatus, I actually went through my subscription list a couple times to make sure you were there!

  • JBaz20 days ago

    Congratulations. You finished what I am still struggling on….darn editing. Way to go

  • DEUXQANE20 days ago

    Congratulations on fishing your book! So exciting, I can only imagine the jitters and giddiness of it all. Can't wait to find out about it!

  • Ayyyy, welcome back and congratulations on your book! Did you go through a traditional publisher or did you self-publish it? And please, I would love to know what it's called and what it's about 🥺

  • Babs Iverson20 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Kendall Defoe 20 days ago

    Good work! And boo to you, too!

  • That is exciting and congratulations! That is such a feat! Make sure to celebrate properly because it is a huge milestone. But glad to hear you’ve been working hard on other projects. I had recently completed a manuscript, but it isn’t out anywhere, looking for interest. But I know the amount of work it takes to just write something of that magnitude, let alone everything else that goes along with writing. So truly congrats! And what timing, at the same time as you coming in first in the fantasy category of the Vocal Awards! Double congrats for that!

  • Carol Townend21 days ago

    Congrats and it's good to see you're back here!

  • KJ Aartila21 days ago

    Yay! Congrats!

  • Caroline Craven21 days ago

    Congratulations! That’s awesome! Your writing is epic so I’m sure your book will be just as good. Well done!

  • Babs Iverson21 days ago

    Love it, L.C.!!!💕❤️❤️

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