Well, I recently recieved my first review of Stories of the Early Days, and I've had some... honestly surprising feedback.
"I genuinely enjoyed reading this story. The story flowed beautifully and pulled me right in. I enjoyed learning about Claire, Dimitri & evil Lidia. Dimitri irked me because he stayed too long, but then it made me sad that he stayed too long. I felt with and for the characters - highly recommended!!"
Now, that's all delightful, but what really took me by surprise was the title of this review: 'Wow! Of all the books in this series, this is a must-read." Upon finishing the book, this reviewer messaged me and said, "I know I gave your other two books 5 stars, but lol I think I should minus a star, because this story was just WoW!!"
Also, my boyfriend told me Stories of the Early Days is his favorite in the series. To be 100% honest, my reaction to all of this is "Um... Whaaaat???"
So, let me tangent for a moment. Do you know the song "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses? Of course you do, because that song was a huge success. But it wasn't supposed to be. It came about during a jam session as just an exercise, more like a joke, really. And the "where do we go now" bit at the end? They sang that because they didn't know what else to sing.
Hey, remember when I let you in on the secrets of Sent From a Dream? I think I can trust you with another secret. Early Days was a HUGE struggle for me. I so badly missed my current time period, my girls, and the actual crossing worlds part of Crossworlds. I thought, this book might be seen as kind of... extra. I won't say it's unnecessary, otherwise I just would have given up on it. But how could anyone see it being as integral to the story as, well, all the other books? Then I jokingly told my friends that it'll probably be everyone's favorite because it's my least favorite. That might actually be happening.
So, how does this fit with the whole "we are art" thing? Just that you might not see yourself the way the rest of the world sees you. You might not be aware of how much you have to offer. You might think that if you were some sort of piece of art, you wouldn't be so popular. But that's the thing about art--it's subjective.