Hello, everyone. Hope those of you who got to celebrate the extended Presidents’ Day weekend here in the USA got to do something special you might not have been able to do on a regular weekend. Our ‘lovely’ weekend turned out to be a major windstorm all Saturday, a diminishing one for a good part of Sunday and more snow on Monday. (And here I was Sunday evening, happily walking the clear streets, remembering how wide they actually are when not flanked on each side by mini-mountains of white stuff, lol.)
As usuall, I’m off on a tangent. Sorry. I’m back. 🙂 Lately, story/revision ideas have been crawling all around the grey matter, but I can’t seem to corrale and make organized sense of them. Good thing I’ve got a few blog posts to write, lol. And I’m never lacking for reports, but I can finally say I’m learning how to get them out more quickly and a lot less wordy, lol. (Took all this time for that editing experience to generalize to my school kids!)
Back again! Today I’m thrilled to introduce another online friend, Rachel Brimble! She’ll fill you in on how we came across each other. An error on my part–and a comment on our Facebook pages led to this post. Thanks so much, Rachel, for being here today! (I’m thinking we could have been sisters–look at our ‘babies’ and our hair; Rachel’s is just like mine–prior to two boys. :))
It is so lovely to be here visiting with one of my best online writer friends! Joanna and I met through our mutual publisher The Wild Rose Press and their online group. Since then we have chatted via the group, Facebook and email, and her support of me (often moaning about my lack of writing time or my kids’ behaviour) and my writing has been amazing.
So when she asked me if I’d like to guest blog, I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about. Friendship and support in the writing world.
Knowing there are people out there (in Joanna’s case she is overseas in the US and I am in the UK) means everything for a feeling of inner strength and belief. It is human nature to doubt what you are thinking or doing, and worrying people will laugh or put you down. When you meet people who are cheering you on, loving and admiring your work and most of all, sharing your struggles, it gives an incredible sense of excitement and optimism.
Writers are often introverts and happy in their own company so that voice in your head telling you to give up or you’re not good enough will take over if you don’t fill your mind with other thoughts. My advice? Mix up your social circle, reach out through social mediums such as Twitter and Facebook and surround yourself with optimistic, supportive and fun people. You will be amazed how quickly you realize those thoughts are echoed and conquered throughout your writing peers every day. Which means?
That you can stand tall and know you are no better or worse than the successful writers out there. Stand back and watch yourself grow and shine until you feel as though your star is in reach – because it is!
Here is the blurb: Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home a widow, seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her…and her daughter.
A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. So even though he lost the girl of his dreams five years before to his best friend, Mark finds no hardship is being single. Or so he thought…but now Kate is back.
Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work. But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him being anywhere near her daughter? Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?
Want to know how it all turned out? Buy it here!
Love how the internet connects folks who might never have crossed paths otherwise. (Maybe when I hit an awesome contract and an even better advance I’ll show up on Rachel’s English doorstep, lol. It could happen. Of course, I’d have to get to Australia first to see Rafa play the Open there… :))
Thursday, I’ll be posting a fun article I wrote about life-changing decisions. A wonderful post by Kristen Lamb at The Writer Warrior reminded me I wrote and forgot to share. (Gee, how could that happen??? BTW, check out her blog. Everything you’ll ever need to know about Twitter, Facebook, social media and writing is there and she keeps it flowing, 3x weekly! I’m subscribed and loving it!)
Anyway, hope to see you Thursday! As A.A. Milne’s (English) and irrespressible Tigger would say,