Hi dear friends!!
Before I get to chatting, I wanted say a big thank you for taking a moment of you time to hop on over and read this. You are the best kind of peoples. Seriously. I am so thankful to have so many supportive friends out there in the wilds of the world.
If you’ve been following along in my weird adventure of being a creator, you might remember a post I made back in March, detailing some changes coming to The Watercolorie. Well, even more has changed since that initial post. (A lot of really awesome things, to be exact.)
Not many of you know this, but I used to write fiction. I’ve won a handful of national awards for my fantasy short stories, one of which I received at Carnegie Hall in NYC. I published a collection of short stories back in 2008. When I went to college, I put away my writing and pursued painting for the next seven years.
At the beginning of January, while cleaning up our storage room, I found a letter in my old box of writing awards. (It was one of those class assignments where you have to write a letter to yourself years in the future.) My letter, for the most part, was everything I expected it to be. I’ve always been a fairly pragmatic person and everything that Past Katherine expected of Future Katherine was standard: have my own business, be married, have a cat (is seven enough?), be a painter, be comfortable in my life and my own skin, laugh often, and enjoy little moments. See, typical stuff! But the last line is what really got to me.
"If nothing else, older Me, at the very least finish your novel and try to get it published. Don't be afraid."
I laughed at Past Katherine and I put the letter away. She was being childish. There simply isn’t enough time to write it. Not with work and certainly not with the expectations of others. I’m an adult now. I don’t have time for daydreams. Right?
Well, months crept by and I found myself less and less interested in the artwork I was creating for The Watercolorie. I started sketching my original characters again. I started painting for myself again. I convinced myself that I just needed to shake things up with the designs in the shop and that would be enough to fulfill me.
But the words from Past Katherine hung in the back of my mind. I pulled away from social media. I pulled away from almost everything really and I did some serious soul searching.
After many long walks and late night chats with my husband- after a million prayers- I finally decided to finish the novel I started almost a decade ago.
For the past two months, I have been polishing up my prose, dusting off the cobwebs, and I’ve decided to fully commit to this project for the next year.
I know this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. I know not everyone likes adventure lightly-fantasyish fiction. I know that many of you have been following me for kawaii magic and fun and narwhals and all that jazz. I want you to know that your support has always meant SO much to me. Your understanding of my weird nature, your love, your positive voices have always made every moment of this journey worth it.
So, now you know. The Watercolorie is on hiatus until this project is finished. I’ll still have some items up in the shop and I’ll be adding some new things every once in awhile, but it won’t be where my attention is fully at.
I would love it SO much if you would like to join me on this new journey.
I have a new Instagram account: @katadello and I also have a Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/katadello for those of you who would like to help support the project and have a chance to be a part of the special little community there. My Patrons receive monthly rewards and have access to tons of special content not available anywhere else.
Thank you again for your never ending love and support of this little dream. Everything I am, I owe to you.