June 6, 2012
once again, it's time for the monthly IWSG post. i've been at this for a while. i've posted on being seen, being stuck, being who you are, C. S. Lewis, starting over, writing like Dick and Jane, writing and composting, and writing and stress. whew.
ironically, the post on writing and stress talks about getting ready for our move to Montana. and here i am, living in Montana, though not where i thought i'd be. i thought i would be in my house by now. we thought the builder would start in October 2011 and be done by February 2012.
i wasn't happy when i heard i had to wait and live in this rental house for 9 months instead of 3. i wanted to be in my house, on my land, with all my stuff around me. i was tired of not living in my own house. i'd lived in one place 17 years and i wanted that again.
sometimes, not getting what we want is much better than getting it. if i'd lived in my house in February, i wouldn't have been prepared for dealing with snow and ice. i wouldn't have wanted to travel the 20 minutes to get into town to be with people because i was tired from our move. i would have had to pack boxes 3 months after unpacking them.
sometimes the best things take more time than we hoped, but they turn out better than we could have imagined. by waiting, i have one winter under my belt. i know more people. our kids have had a much easier time making friends. i'm healthier than i was when i got here, and not nearly as tired. i've had a chance to rest. we found a better floorplan.
the same has been true with my novel. i wanted it done last year before we moved. that didn't work out because i had to move. then i wanted it done this spring. that didn't work either. my brain was tired from moving. my heart was tired. i didn't have the emotional hutz-pah to write.
i can look back and say i'm glad i didn't finish when i'd planned. plot ideas have come to me that wouldn't have come last year. the story will be better and stronger (and probably more complex) than if i'd finished it last year. just yesterday, i came up with a plot twist i hadn't thought of. my son and i were able to flesh it out. whereas we'd been stuck and blocked before, now we're energized to write more.
i'm learning that sometimes my story just needs time. if i rush things, i won't get the best outcome.
irony #2 is that i'll be moving again. in just 6 weeks. that means packing boxes again. hopefully, it doesn't mean putting my sequel on hold again, but it might. i have to prepare myself for that. things in life come up that can't be helped, or that we intentionally bring on ourselves. stories have to wait. the waiting can make them stronger.
now, related to moving, there's one box i don't want to move. that's the box that holds 9 well-traveled, slightly scuffed copies of Eldala. (black covers don't travel well. they get scratched no matter how careful you are with them.) i don't feel right about selling them that way, so i've decided to give those 9 copies away. and i'm giving them away to bloggers who partcipate in Alex's Insecure Writers' Support Group.
you all have a special place in my heart. i hope i've connected with you in some way. at the very least, i hope i've encouraged you. i think my book would encourage you too. the central theme is having courage to walk in who you really are, both from a male and female perspective.
i'm also giving away 10 e-book copies of Eldala from the Smashwords site. it's formatted for almost every e-reader, including PC.
for a preview, i've posted the first six chapters.
UPDATE -- as of June 7, 4 PM MDT, there are 2 paperbacks and 4 e-books left.
to be clear, i have a few conditions:
-- you have to be a blogger on Alex's IWSG list (even if you just joined today), and have up at least one IWSG post.
-- paperback books are available only to residents of the U.S.
-- e-books can go to anyone.
-- if you want a book, let me know in the comments which format you prefer. i'll acknowledge your request by email.
-- books will be given out on a first-come basis.
-- i'll pay the postage.
-- the giveaway lasts until 9 PM MDT on Wednesday, June 13, or until all the copies have been claimed.
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