I have a short list in Evernote titled “Unofficial Goals Indicating I Have Arrived :D”. There are only a few entries, formatted as a checklist, of cultural ripples I have observed around successful stories.
I keep the list a secret, because I don’t want to influence the process. I want to see the organic ripples — I want a reader to tweet my title on #FridayReads because she was enthusiastic about the book, not because a friend did it just to make me feel good. Only once an achievement has been unlocked do I allow myself to share that it was ever a goal. (Yep, a #FridayReads appearance was one!)
And today I can check off another. Fan art.
I was scrolling through Facebook when I recognized an art style. My feed features a number of artists, amateur and professional, who work in media ranging from pencil to oil to digital, which is pretty cool.
So I recognized Kristie’s art and stopped to appreciate it. “Ooh, pretty. I don’t recognize this one — OOOOOOOOOOH.”
It was labeled:
Series: Crooked Running Water, Heavenly Wedding Arc
This is of course from Con Job, in which Achenar is not a character per se but is a character being played by a character. Deep, I know.
But isn’t it cool?!
Someday I’d love to have a fan art gallery here on the site. Do other authors do that? I don’t remember seeing it, but surely someone does. I think it’d be great fun.