It’s November and you know what that means? NaNoWriMo! Are you in? Come find me… lettuce be buddies!
After getting book one out into the world last month, I confess I lost steam on my daily writing. I have to get myself back into that. Of course, I seem to sign up for NaNo and then realize this is a very busy time with my other work life. Nonetheless, I shall soldier on and get done whatever I can get done. This year for Nano, I am going to be making the best of my NaNoWriEditPlotMo plans and see if I can plot out more of The Expatriates Series, make some real progress on Book 2, and revive the witch story that I abandoned this summer.
We have paperbacks! When I published TE#1 on Oct 16, I set a goal to sell 100 copies in the first month. And as of this writing, we’re almost 80% of the way there! Thank you for making that happen! Can we keep it going and make it to 100 in the next two weeks? That would be fabulous. Please spread the word! And if you’re in the mood for a fantasy adventure, snag yourself a copy! Links on the right. The Expatriates hit #8 in the Children’s-Fantasy & Magic-Coming of Age list for a little while. Wahoo! That was *totally* cool to see. It also has received a handful of nice reviews so far.
What readers are saying:
“Told in a beautiful, flowing style full of colorful images and adrenaline-pumping action.”
“Pop some popcorn, sit back with a cup of coffee, and enjoy the thrill ride, right up to the end, which leaves you begging for more.”
“Captures your attention from the start and then guides you through a roller coaster of adventure, drama, mystery, magic and young love.”
Thank you to everyone who has purchased my book already, and also those of you who have shared my tweets, facebook posts, and supported the effort to get the word out. Your support of me and my publishing adventure has been truly overwhelming.
I follow Elizabeth Gilbert on FB. She’s such an inspirational person, and she posts fabulous pieces that often resonate with me. Whether or not you are a fan of her work, you might get a little something from her posts. Today she posted this. So worthwhile:
Thought of the Day: DON’T LIVE SOMEBODY ELSE’S DREAM.
Dear Ones –
I found this picture today that my husband took of me in 2011, doing research for THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS. This photo captures exactly what I did for three straight years. I sat in a chair, reading books about botany, evolution, abolition, women’s history, missionaries, Dutch 18th century commerce, and more…in order to fill my brains (and index cards) with enough information to write that novel.
There is no situation in which I could possibly be happier than this — submerged in the vocation that I love, vanishing for hours a day into my work.
Un-showered, greasy hair, eyes tired, totally falling down the rabbit hole of research…this is me, living my dream.
I was thinking today about all the other paths that I did not take in life, no matter how shiny and appealing they may have looked. I’ve had the possibility of living so many different kinds of life that could have been a dream for somebody else. I never choose those lives. I’ve never lived the dreams that other people wanted for themselves — nor have I lived the dreams that other people may have wanted for me.
I never had children…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I never took the opportunities that were offered to me after the success of EAT PRAY LOVE to have a TV show of my own…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I never took a good steady job teaching writing at a nice college…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I didn’t remain in Bali or Rome, gorgeous as those places are…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I turn down 99% of the invitations I get to attend to fancy parties and stellar gatherings…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I sold my big beautiful house with its fabulous gardens and lovely library…because one day I looked around at that gorgeous home and realized: “This is somebody else’s dream.” (Happily, I sold the house to the family whose dream it actually was. So we all win.)
I never hired a team of personal assistants and staff and consultants to help me “grow my brand”…because that’s somebody else’s dream.
I know what makes me come to life — working on my books — and this picture tells the whole story. Knowing what makes me come to life has helped me to distinguish between my dreams and the dreams of others.
WHAT MAKES YOU COME TO LIFE?
Ask yourself this question, whenever you are given any choice or opportunity. Ask: “Will saying YES to this path bring me closer to the source that brings me to life? Or will it take me further away?”
No matter how alluring, no matter how beautiful, no matter how sparkling and fancy and delicious — do not say YES to other people’s dreams.
Do your own thing. Live in your own waking dream. Stubbornly.
Even if it means not washing your hair for a week. (ESPECIALLY if it means that!)
I think it’s so easy to get caught up in the dreams of others and measure success against someone else’s ruler. But that is always exhausting, and usually doesn’t feel right—deep down, in the gut. I definitely plan to work on staying mindful of what I want and where I want to be in my life. We shouldn’t all want the same things. And we shouldn’t waste any of our precious time comparing ourselves to others, or trying to make other people’s dreams fit into ours.