After finally making all the changes to “A Stone’s Throw” with my editor and preparing for the last stages before publication, I took a break to celebrate my daughter’s 11th birthday this week, if you could call it a break. It’s been non-stop since Friday starting with a school Halloween dance and a sleepover with her friend at our house. On her birthday Saturday, she got together with a few friends at Dave and Buster’s video arcade and then came home and changed into a costume for the Trunk or Treat Halloween event at her previous school. The finale was blowing out candles on a birthday cake she baked and frosted herself, sharing some with friends and family, and opening her gifts.
Holly was born a week before Halloween in 2004. To our surprise, she arrived 6 1/2 weeks early. She started Kindergarten before her 5th birthday, so she is now in 6th grade which is Middle School in our district. Up until this year, she attended Catholic School, but she decided she wanted to change two weeks before school was scheduled to start this fall. I think it was the right decision. She has already made some new friends but is still in touch with many of the old ones. She is maturing physically as well as emotionally and is managing to keep up good grades while juggling eight different classes. Her room is still a mess, though, and she takes hour-long showers, but the teen years are just around the corner.
I equate writing a book to having a baby. It’s a journey that is joyful and yet painful but worth it in the end. To see your baby for the first time is incredible. To see your words in print is almost as thrilling. Often, it takes many attempts for an author to publish his or her first book. Some don’t even get the chance. Even popular authors face years of rejection before selling a first novel. What’s the secret? Blog posts and webinars have addressed this often-asked question. As someone who self-published her first novel, “Cloudy Rainbow” and is about to publish her second, “A Stone’s Throw” with Limitless Publishing, I would advise those still trying to keep writing, keep submitting, keep reading, and keep connected on social media and writing groups. The bottom line is to be stubborn and not give up.
Some people consider stubbornness a negative quality, but it’s a positive trait if used in the right way. Inventors, Artists, Musicians, Athletes — all had to practice many years to perfect their talents. Likewise, those trying to lose weight, kick a habit, exercise more, etc. need to plan and work toward their objectives. It all takes determination and persistence. So, yes, I’m stubborn. My zodiac sign is Taurus the Bull. I tried four years to conceive my daughter. I’ve lost 50 pounds since last year. I walk a mile a day. My first book with a publisher will be released this November. I’m not bragging, but I’m proud of myself. I have some things to celebrate. I’ve set my goals and attained them. It hasn’t been overnight. It’s been a one step at a time, one day at a time, lots of stress, doubts, and tears. I haven’t done it alone because I’ve had wonderful support from my family and friends, as well as the great authors who are part of Team Limitless. Ultimately, though, I was the one who had to make up my mind what I wanted and put all my energy toward achieving it. I’m not the only one in my family who is so stubborn. My husband is also a Taurus. He had an accident at 13 that required several brain surgeries. Although he’s disabled, he works full-time at a college and has never let his physical issues interfere with his life. I see that our daughter has picked up our stubbornness (she’s a Scorpio), not through astrology but through seeing our examples. Sure, she drives us crazy at times by being so stubborn, but if she uses it in a positive way, it can get her far in life.
This Wednesday, October 28th, is the Cover Reveal for “A Stone’s Throw.” Please join me online at my Facebook event. There will be door prizes and giveaways, and the grand prize winner to my Cover Reveal Contest will be chosen. Also, this Friday, October 30th, I will be at Taylor Henderson and Sara Schoen’s Halloween Release Party from 6:30 to 7 p.m. I hope you can make either or both events.