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Hey there.

So here's the deal. I started writing this book when I was 14 years old. 

That was almost 7 years ago (ew, I feel old even realizing that). 

I'm 20 now, and while I look back at this story and cringe quite a bit, I owe a lot to this book. 

I never knew I wanted to write. One day, I just stumbled upon Wattpad and with no idea what I was doing, decided to upload some stories and type whatever came to mind. 

Writing on this website changed my life. It bumped up my English grades from average, to top of the class. It gave me the chance to recognize my love for writing and allowed me to studied it further after high school. At times, this book even took me away from my horrible experiences as a teenager and allowed me to escape to a world that I thought would be so much cooler to live in.

It made me actual real life friends that I got to hang out with (shoutout Lucyface and rdiamond89). It made me connect with cool people all over the world that I hope to meet and hang out with one day (shoutout zaraahlieMelodyHallShaunAllangabycabezutRachaelMoleTangerine_Dream - I still think of you all from time to time). 

I owe a lot to this book. But that being said,

it's kind of shit. 

I'm sure a lot of writers can go and look back at their cringy writing from when they were younger and think the same thing, and I'm in no way trying to discourage you from reading this book if it's what you're into. But from where my writing standards are now, and all the studying I've undertaken, I can't help but look back at this book sometimes and think: YIKES. 

Nevertheless, I've decided to keep it up here. I know a lot of people at the time liked it (and I thank you endlessly for that), but mostly, I want to keep it up because I don't want to be ashamed of my past. This book was never going to be anything special to the world, but to me, it always will be. I'll never forget the characters I created, the plotlines I brainstormed (as cliche as some may be) and most of all, the way it saved me from my own reality at times. 

That being said, I'm back now (after a 2-3 year hiatus), and finally want to write again. I had to take a lot of time to figure myself out, but writing has, and always will be my home and my escape - no matter what I end up doing in life. 

This book was edited for the first few chapters, but after that, kind of diverts back to my cringy 'fresh into high school' style as I attempted to edit this a few years back, but have decided its one of those things best left in the past untouched as I move on and write things I'm more interested in now.

I hope you guys will stick with me on this journey (if you've been around for a while, I am in awe and admiration at how you've managed to put up with me - if you're new, hi! I'll try to suck less and disappoint you not too frequently).  

My writing will continue to grow as I do and while it will never be perfect and many may hate it, it's those who stick around and support me that I hope to become close with and continue to write for. 

To everyone on this site: thank you for being my family. I'm so lucky to have you, and will never forget what all this support has done for me. Let's continue to grow together over the next few years. 

All the best, 

Dorothy xxxx

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