During those times when I have struggled the most, and most needed that outstretched hand or a few simple words from someone who may not have realized how badly they were needed, I have found my footing and restored calm to my core by deliberately being that person for someone else — sometimes just one person; sometimes, for as many as I can reach.

This is the center panel of the Drawing Out The Dragons audiobook. It’s what I often inscribe when I sign copies. It’s my message for you, here, now, in this moment.

For all those whom I love. For those who call me friend and mentor. For my colleagues and peers and fellow travelers. For my children. For everyone who is looking to find a reason to lift your head up a bit higher, stand a little straighter, and take another step on your path.

If these words resonate, if they feel as if they have been written for you, then they are. Be fearless. Know there are things worth fighting for in this world, in this life. Know you are loved, and that your words have value. And speak. I’ll be listening.


About caveo

James has written and illustrated six books in the bestselling series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: Here, There Be Dragons; The Search For The Red Dragon; The Indigo King; The Shadow Dragons; The Dragon’s Apprentice; and The Dragons of Winter. The series is now being published in more than twenty languages. A seventh volume, The First Dragon, will conclude the series in November 2013.

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