On June 29, 2008, danielgardina.com was established to chart my writing and publishing adventure in the city where movies are king. In that first post, I said:
I can be considered aspiring since I have yet to publish my novel. On the other hand, as a friend trained for the LA Marathon, her first, she did not refer to herself as a marathoner in-training. She motivated herself by saying, “I am a marathoner.”
I have written a full, semi-polished draft of the book, discarded several hundred pages, and am currently in the midst of heavily revising.
I am a novelist.
That statement was true then. It is unequivocally true now. With the publication of The Last Night, the book mentioned in 2008, I’m proud finally to make an alteration:
Publishing my first novel feels much like graduation, in that eight years of my life have culminated in bound form. However, like commencement, the change is only beginning. In fact, my status will never be final. My goal is to constantly build upon the cornerstone laid so long ago, which means I’m pleased to enter the next stage of my career.
I would be remiss not to mention that I could not have gotten this far without the support of wonderful family, friends, and of course, readers such as you. Thank you for playing a vital role in this journey. I look forward to seeing where the next step will lead us.