Eep!!!! This is my first post as a blogger on WordPress (with the exception of a group project during my first semester of college where we created a comic book and a lot of drama…. ugh). I guess I should start by identifying myself. My name is Alissa and I have always had a fascination with dreams. Weird dreams. Which I have a lot of. Hmmm…. maybe that says something about me.

Anywho, I wrote a book last November for an event called NaNoWriMo. After months and months of heavy-duty editing it’s finally at a point where I can proudly stand up and say “This book is worth reading. I want to share it with people.” And so I did. My friends and family gave me great feedback! But that’s not really what I had in mind. I want to be published. I want to inspire people to love reading as much as I did when I was younger. I want them to be banned from bringing books to school, because they can’t pull themselves out of those amazing stories (happened to me in sixth grade. No joke). I want people’s mothers to tell them “Put down that book and go watch TV” (this happened to me as well. Several times). I want to write a book that will inspire others to lose themselves in new worlds with new experiences and insight that reflect back on their own lives. That’s what stories are to me. They’re an escape, an education, a journey. They’re magical.

My novel is a contemporary fantasy novel for teens (58,000+ words. I wrote that! Insane!!!). I don’t want to say what the story about quite yet, but maybe in a later entry (That should keep you coming back. Am I right?).

Needless to say, I have no idea what to do with this blog yet. But I’ll figure something out. I recently refurbished my old, unused Twitter account to keep a record of my progress as I seek a literary agent to represent my novel. You can follow me at https://twitter.com/Dreamliss . So far I’ve queried three agents, and received one “no.” The other two haven’t responded. It’s been less than a week, but both of them say no by simply not responding… I guess I won’t know I’ve been rejected until several weeks have passed. But I’m not giving up. I keep rewriting my query for each new YA agent I discover that seems to be a good fit for my novel, and someday IT WILL HAPPEN!

I know it will. It will happen. Someday, no matter how far away, I will be a certified creator of those magic stories, bringing others into my world. It will be a dream come true.