I confess that I had a dream this weekend that I flew… Yes, like actual flying without the help of a commercial airline. I just started running and my legs took me right up into the air. It was incredible – I’d never felt so free and uninhibited! I ran all around the sky, above trees, landed on buildings, waved to people I knew, fought off bad guys. And the funniest part is that I could only fly when my legs were running beneath me – I’m sure I looked like an idiot with my short legs pumping air beneath me, but it didn’t matter because the sensation was so amazing, I never wanted to come back down.
I know where the dream came from …the last two weeks of my life have been incredibly different and unlike any other experience of my life. I hit the door running on Phantom Island and refused to look back … now, I’ve conquered two major book release events, my first radio interview, and the fear of releasing my first novel out into the world – all within 10 days!
And what are the results…?
Three quarters of my t-shirt sales have to be restocked, random teens are wearing (and drawing on themselves) my tribal tattoos, we’ve sold a third of our book goal for May and June already (and this doesn’t count what has sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other vendors), Phantom Island:Wind hit the #1 and #2 Top Sellers List on AuthorHouse yesterday, kids are buying customized Phantom paintings from Jennifer, my book is always in the hands of some student in the hallway, and every day somebody (student/friend/reader) sends me a message to let me know how much they are enjoying the book. I’ve even had kids finish the book in just a few short days! (It’s a LONG book!)
Could it be that I am still flying?! Because I feel like I am. I can’t stop pumping my feet for fear I might fall… I know this whole new world isn’t always typical, and I don’t even know how long it will last, but I’m riding the wave right now.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:29-31
And I just wanted you to know that if you’ve bought a copy of Phantom or you’ve been regularly reading this blog, visiting krissidallas.com, or attending the events, you are just as much a part of this journey with me. Thanks for giving me wings (or at least a healthy set of legs on which to chase the Wind)! Can’t wait to see what comes next.