We all have them. This “day” was a week or so before Christmas…I was all stuffed up with a head cold, a headache, and a sore neck. My kids gave me something. Man, I wish I hadn’t taught them to share!
Then I was working on summaries for A Valley of Betrayal and A Shadow of Treason. They’re going to be included in the front cover of A Whisper of Freedom so readers can remember where they left off. While I was looking over reviews of A Valley of Betrayal I found a 1-star review from a guy who threw my book away after reading 40 pages. I know I can’t make everyone happy … but why did I have to read that today?
I was also looking at comments made about my novels on other blogs. (It helped me to work on the summaries when I noted what people talked about the most.) Some blogs are fun and cool and have like 75 comments a day! My blog … doesn’t have near that. I hate comparing, and when I speak I tell people all the time NOT to compare. Yet sometimes it’s hard, you know?
Finally, I finished up the summaries, dedication, and acknowledgements for A Whisper of Freedom. As I was sending it off I realized that was the last on my to-do list for Moody Publishing. After writing novels for them for four years it is weird to know that (as of now) my work for them is done.
Of course, there were good things that day too. Like working on a science project with my son Nathan. Discovering my daughter Leslie cleaned her room spotless (including her closet!) without me asking. Knowing my Christmas presents are 100% purchased and 90% wrapped. And then (as I was writing this) there was a kiss on my forehead from my 18-year-old who told me he loved me and he’d be happy to give his sister a ride to basketball practice so I didn’t have to do. (I don’t understand why I finally get this kid to be kind and thoughtful and then I need to send him off to college. I like him, can’t I keep him?)
So, in the end, I suppose I’m okay with days like this. Seasons in writing change. There will always be someone else out there more successful than me. There will be people who throw my book in the trash … but I have three amazing kids, a husband who adores me, and a stinking cold is just bothersome compared to the health challenges most people face.
There is much to be thankful for, even on a day like that.