Two years, baby! For those of you who missed my Oreo-infested pity party back in 2014, here’s a recap:
I lost my literary agent who represented Pennies from Burger Heaven and could only cry, eat and scream into my pillow. I was very much a broken writer.
One day, I wiped enough crumbs off my face, and started this blog to share with the good, the bad and the ugly on my path to publication.
Two years later: SkipJack Publishing released my debut novel, Pennies from Burger Heaven. Total strangers are reading my book. I have 145 Amazon reviews! My dreams have come true, so I want to celebrate with you by giving away ….
Two, free 30-minute Skype Sessions with me (one per winner, selected at random).
If you’re a writer, we’ll talk about your story, plotting problems, or your fears. Whatever you want to discuss. If you’re a reader, we’ll gab about books, watch cat videos together, etc. No worries if you do not have a Skype account. I’ll give you instructions + it’s free.
Perfect Doesn’t Exist
My world rocks right now, but some folks think that means my life is perfect. HA! Far from it. Perfect is an illusion. Fortunately, my husband and two teens are happy and healthy, but in my extended family, my heart aches over: one battling Alzheimer’s, another at-home with hospice with ALS, one struggling with alcoholism, another has lost a job.
That’s my reality today. Still, I intentionally seek out things to be grateful for because that’s what I couldn’t do back in 2014. It would’ve made a HUGE difference!
What about for you? What’s good in your world, right here and now? Look deep. I’ve learned whatever we focus on magnifies. If you seek out the bad, you’ll find it. If you focus on the good, you’ll start to see your life in a more positive light.
What Can You Celebrate Today?
This goes way beyond writing. What in your life can you point to, and be grateful for?
You’ve gone to the gym every day this week.
You made another credit-card payment to become debt free.
You entered that screenplay contest.
Your husband has been cancer-free for one year now.
You’ve applied for a new job.
When you change your thoughts, it changes your actions and that changes your life.
I love this community, and am grateful that you read my posts, leave comments, share my work with others, email me to say, “What’s up?”. Don’t worry if you do not have a Skype account. I suck at technology and it took me 5 minutes to get started. Here’s a post by the Geek Squad that gives instructions + a two-minute video showing you how (you have to scroll down a ways to see the video). All you need is a computer with high-speed internet. You don’t even need a camera on your computer. We can just talk like a phone call.
Dreams + Work = Success
We’re all working toward different goals, and that’s awesome. The more important that goal is to you, the harder it may be to achieve. The key is don’t give up. I was a Gawd-awful mess back in 2014, but I didn’t quit. One day at time, one step at time, I made my dreams come true. You can do the same.
Thanks for an incredible two years!