The last three days have seriously blown me away.

In twenty-four hours, you all got me a quarter of the way to the goal of $1,000.00 a month at almost $250.00, and I am seriously so deeply thankful for you all. I can't wait until we reach the goal and I can raffle off the amazing prizes for you all (read about it here)!

I figured now was as good a time as any to take you on a little tangent, and give you all a glimpse into what I see for my future and yours. That's right. I'm bringing all of you with me. I love all of you motherfuckers.

So what exactly am I doing on here? What is this whole thing? What are you funding when you pay for a subscription or send me a donation? Those of you who haven't been here from the beginning are probably looking around like: "Who the fuck is this bitch?"

Allow me to introduce myself to you. My author name is C.M. Wells, but you can call me Merry. Asking me who I am is a loaded question. I'm a lot of things. I'm a wife, a mother, a writer, a teacher, a witch... I struggle with Bipolar Disorder and ADHD. I'm a member of the LGBTQ+ Community. I'm an abuse survivor. But those things are just tiny toe dips into the ocean of me, little droplets of water in the vast and all-encompassing existence of myself.

And it's a lot to break down into one post just exactly who I am. I figured the best thing to give you some idea is to tell you about what is most important to me, and share some of my story with you, as well as the goals for the next few years here.

I started teaching writers in 2015, and I knew from day one it was my ultimate calling. I also knew the day I received my first printed copy of a book and held it in my hand - I was right where I was meant to be.

Of course, life happens. My book was removed from the market in 2016 after I was temporarily paralyzed due to a car accident on Christmas Eve. Depression got the better of me and I honestly lost a part of myself I thought I'd never get back.

To fill the void, I dove into anything that could give me some inkling of a purpose. I worked for a multimillionaire network marketer for two years, teaching classes and working in health and wellness. I tried to become someone I knew somewhere inside myself I just... wasn't. And in 2018, I passed three kidney stones in four months. And I was so miserably sick. I birthed my child vaginally with no pain meds and let me tell you, I would do that TEN times in a row with no breaks before I would pass another single kidney stone. No joke.

But guess what. Stupid me kept working through so much pain I was puking and sweating. Through blood and agony. And what's worse... No one seemed to notice. When I finally lost my shit and told everyone I was taking just two measly weeks to get better - when I started to do the self-care and say "no." All hell broke loose.

I lost almost every friend I had.

And I'm not going to lie. Everything that's been happening with my life recently, from an unexpected move due to violent family situations to more intense bipolar episodes... I've been feeling tired of existing. I've been losing sight of things that are deeply important to me.

But I am working on moving forward. And the thing getting me out of bed in the morning is remembering my goals as well as the special people at my back who support me and believe in me. The thing giving me purpose is thinking about all the people who need or believe in what I have to offer - and the thought of letting them down is heartbreaking.

Someone has a world-changing story to tell but...

  • They aren't sure how to get it out onto the page

  • They don't have the tools or resources to move forward

  • They don't know what the next step is

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Someone is struggling through something difficult and just needs to escape for a short while to make life a bit more bearable.

Someone just wants someone to remind them things are going to be okay.

Maybe that someone is you - Or someone you know.

Whoever it is, what I have to offer as an influencer and writing educator could be life changing for this person. What I have to offer as a storyteller could be just the right escape for someone. My books could be the comforting hand on a shoulder for someone who feels like the world is ending. Someone is praying or begging the universe or crying out for what I have to give - and if I don't get up and make things happen, those needs go unmet and their cries unanswered.

That's not something I can live with.

So how do I intend to do this? I have a lot of big plans for the future. Some of them for this year, some of them for the next several. All of them plans. Not hopes. Not dreams. PLANS. Blueprints in the design of my future and just by being here, you are an important piece of it. In fact, I CANNOT do this without you.

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GOALS FOR THIS YEAR

  • Release two of my short stories (Lost in The Woods and Secrets) by July for members here and by August for public audiences

  • Start doing LIVE videos bi-weekly on social media, many of them reading stories submitted by fans or sharing interesting myths and legends or having an AMA one-on-one with me

  • Have a thousand followers here on this page, participating in events and learning with which I will use to help other author friends grow and build their platforms

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GOALS FOR THE COMING YEARS

  • By 2022, I will have a traditionally published novel on the market - with many more in the works (you can see a full list of my current projects here)

  • By 2022, I will have a bi-weekly writer podcast to interview and chat with other writers and authors

  • By 2023, I will have multiple best-selling writing courses available to help writers complete projects and become better storytellers

  • By 2023, I will be running life-changing writer conferences and events for people to attend with speakers and workshops available both online and in-person

  • By 2024, I want to have free programs to connect young talented writers with publishers or teachers and training to help them make a career out of their works

  • By 2025, I will be a top writing influencer in the United States

  • By 2030, I will be a top writing influencer world-wide

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Theses are just a few of the things on my large agenda for the future - but these are the most concrete plans.

So where are you in this giant plan of mine? You are right here. Reading this post, supporting me. Liking and commenting. Caring about what I have to say and what I'm putting out into the world. You are the most important piece in all of this. Without you caring, listening, sharing, and supporting me... I am just an empty voice calling into a void.

We are all much stronger together than we are alone.

How can you help make this future a reality? One of the easiest things to do, if you don't have any money to give, is to titty-slap that follow button. Plug your email, plug several of your emails if you're bad at remembering to do things (like me). The next thing is liking, sharing, and commenting on things that resonate with you.

If you want to help out in a more impactful way, donations or subscribing to a plan to gain access to more content and support me monthly are an excellent way to do that. Every single cent counts towards the future. Every bit of it is being reinvested into the future.

Getting involved now is key. When this ball really starts rolling, I will remember who was here from the beginning and who wasn't. The people who are here now, believing in me while I am small, are going to see so much more from me than the people who jump in when everything is already big. Now is your chance to be a part of something much bigger than yourself. Something future generations will be affected by for years to come. Something you will be transformed by.

This is huge, make no mistake. You can be here while its small and get huge with me... Or you can stay small now and forever regret it.

The call is yours.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for all you do.

Let's make a better future together.

Good fucking things are coming.

~ Yours, C.M. Wells

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