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First cover for the novel Unexpected SuperheroWoo-hoooo!!! The moment I’ve been waiting for – UNEXPECTED SUPERHERO is now available as a Kindle exclusive ebook and in print! Yay!

I am so excited! And to celebrate I’m going to…drum roll, please…go help a friend move! Yay! Woo-hoo! Doesn’t that sound exciting? LOL! Actually, it will be fun to tell my friends about the book in person, so it will be a celebration!

As you might be able to tell, I am going to have an awesome weekend now! And I hope you do, too! Celebrate with me – have a brownie, have a beer, smile at a stranger! LOL! Let me know if you want an autographed copy, and I’ll make that happen. 🙂

Lots to be Thankful for in 2012

John had an idea that I should make a big list of everything I’m thankful for this year and post it here today. That would be a long list! But here are some of the highlights, in no particular order.

  • A safe journey back to America, and reconnecting with lots of friends and family
  • Living in a pretty little town with a great area for running
  • Finishing and publishing two short stories
  • Getting back in the writing groove and feeling my career is starting to take off
  • Eating healthier
  • Running faster
  • Enjoying wine from around the world
  • Blu-Ray movies
  • Sending my superhero story to a publisher (who knows what will happen in 2013?)
  • iPhones and all those cool, useful apps
  • eReaders and all those cool books!
  • No more hot weather for months
  • The sound of crunching leaves and the smell of wood smoke
  • Finding out how much work I can do when I put my mind to it
  • And definitely my favorite piece right now – Little Miss Lovesick is coming out in print this month! Woo-hoooo!!!

What are you thankful for? 🙂

“Hard” Is Not the Same as “Bad” – Remember That!

I just wrote a post for my Routines for Writers blog called “Hard Times.” I mentioned some of the things that have been stressing me out lately and that have kept me from writing much. It’s hard to feel good about yourself as a writer if you’re not actually writing.

But it’s important to remember that “hard” times aren’t the same as “bad” times. Life is cyclical and there are always situations that are more difficult than others. I told John today that I can handle all of our stressful situations one at a time. It’s having to go through all of them at the same time that drains me of strength and motivation.

One thing I’ve learned over time is that gratitude is bad attitude prevention. This morning, for instance, I was so darned grateful for a good night’s sleep that I woke up happy! The birds sounded beautiful instead of like a too-early alarm. When I’m stressing about how to get from “stop” to “go” on a hill at a traffic light driving a stick shift for the first time in years, I remember how incredibly grateful I am for this car – a gift from amazing friends of ours!

When I stop and thank God for all the needs he’s provided for us, I get a lot more hopeful about the future. We have a great apartment, in a beautiful area, and it was the second cheapest one we found! We have had so many friends loan us cars since we got back in the States, and now we’ve been given a car! When one car broke down, it was the day the movers came so we only had to unpack a little to find clothes and other necessities to make it through! A new co-worker shuttled John to and from work, and I could walk to a grocery store!

Yes, the exclamation points are on purpose. If we don’t keep track of what’s going right in our lives, we risk getting overwhelmed by what is going wrong. Hard isn’t the same as bad. Look at the paragraph above again. Hard times, but nothing bad.

I wish I knew whether this comes through in my writing. It’s important. I’m passionate about seeing the good side of things, of looking for – and finding – the blessings in life. My sister helps handicapped kids find mobility and self-worth. I write “silly romantic novels.” It’s hard not to compare. Sometimes I think if I believed, really believed, I were making as big – though different – a contribution to individual lives and the greater good, I would be so motivated to work hard that I’d be putting out two to three books a year.

It’s not bad to not fully believe in yourself and your work, but it is hard. However, I absolutely, positively believe that God has a perfect design planned out where each of us plays a critical part. Which part are you? A gear, a wheel, a spoke, a washer? I think I’m a bolt, one of many. I help hold things together, bring other parts together, give added strength to a process. I can see it when I’m talking to people, hanging out, emailing. It’s a lot harder to see in your work. I guess that’s where hope and faith come in.

And that’s not a bad thing.

More Ideas

What is it that makes ideas flow? And what makes them flow fast and wild? I’d love to study this and learn more about what’s going on in our heads (I think neuroscience is fascinating!), but no more school for me for a little while. I haven’t even walked in the graduation ceremony yet from this latest degree! LOL!

Anyway, today was one of those brilliant beautiful days that make you grateful to be alive. I spent the first half of the day with one of my best friends, Mel, and her daughter and my mom. We went to the zoo on a gorgeous day after a week of rain and had a fabulous time. Then Mom and I came home and had tea out on the balcony. It was warmer out there in the sun than it was in my apartment and both of us started nodding off so we took a nap. Awesome relaxing day.

But wait, there’s more! Then two of my other best friends, Rachel and Ruth, came over and we all had pizza and wine and Ruth’s cake and my chocolate bread pudding. We watched Rachel’s cousin win the day on Master Chef, too. Somewhere in there, creative energy was building like static when you rub your socks over carpet. Ideas started pouring out of all three of us and soon we were planning our new business venture, including a book!

I think we all wish we better understood how that creative flow works so we could attract more of it and harness it better. All I know is that when I’m laughing and talking and misunderstanding things with my friends (we have three accents between us!), things start happening in our brains that lead to ideas with amazing possibilities!

Do you know what I mean? How do you think it works? Have you figured out how to make it happen on call?