life story in the notes

So I never really know how much of myself I’m allowed to share in an author’s note.

Do you want to know that now, 60,000+ words into this story, my confidence has faltered and I have no idea if I want to finish it any more?  You’re only on chapter 2 or 3, and a lot happens between now and then… maybe you wouldn’t want me to finish either if you were where I am in the story now.  Is it manipulative and wrong of me to ask you to give me confidence in the form of a comment or review?

Or do you want to know why there’s several paragraphs in the middle of this chapter about thrift stores and sewing because I couldn’t resist talking about the hobby I used to spend all of my time on, to the extent that I gave my main character a passion for it just so that I could recapture it for a few minutes, though I don’t have time to do it anymore?

Do I tell you about how I’ve been so proud of myself for writing at least 400 words a day for two weeks?  Do I tell you that the story is finished, and there is a completed sequel and 10000 words of a third story and two completed one-shots and a third that’s in my head and will find it’s way to paper in the next week or two?

How much am I allowed to share?  You came here to read my story, but the story is so much me right now that I feel like I can share everything with you, all of my thoughts and hopes and dreams.

But it’s not my diary, it’s my story.

How much do I share in an author’s note?

Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.
You claim to love her, inside and out, but the only time you call her beautiful is when it’s 3 in the morning and I’ve already turned you down.
—  girls tell each other everything, c.j.n.