Life is a lot like Fishing
You might be scratching your heads at the title of the post. Life is a lot like fishing? How? Is it salty and wet? Full of hits and misses?
I'll explain why I said it.
We'll have to travel back in time about six years ago when I had the inkling of an idea to write. Not just a grocery list, or lesson plans for school, but to construct a novel from the blank page to the musical words, "the end."
Y'all, I'm not going to say it was easy. There were a lot of prayers, frustrations, tears, and wise counsel from some author friends, and family. Yet, the need to write was ingrained in my heart, much as a need to breathe and consume chocolate. It was that necessary, like chocolate.
Blindly, I cast my first line during a writer's conference, this story was a polished as I thought it could be. Later on, I discovered what exactly the line editor I'd hired had accomplished, after becoming lighter in the wallet so to speak, and several looks of total horror on my husband's face at the expense. It wasn't what I expected. But, I digress...
It was reviewed by several notable persons present and they requested a full manuscript. My "ugly book baby" was going places! A nibble on the line. Fast forward to the "r" word, which rhymes with "dejection." Since then, I've practiced casting the proverbial "line" several times and changing the "bait." The story has had several major rewrites.
Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
With this story, I felt like I was "manning the ship" on how this transformed, and now very cute book baby would become a full-fledged novel.
Oh, my! How wrong were my thoughts! I steered this ship way off into deep waters with no way to track the outcome I'd sought.
Once I'd given this story to Jesus, it was then HE found a home for it along with the other two books in the series. . .I had a three-book contract with Celebrate Lit!!!
Celebrate Lit has been a blessing to me, Sandy Barela, and her group are amazing to work with. I'm truly blessed to get to know them.
When I let go of my "fishing line," Jesus led it where it needed to be. Next March 2022, my book will release, and the other two will follow. I learned a valuable lesson, go to the deep waters and drift. With faith, prayers, and trust, you'll find exactly what you needed.
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Let me know if you've ever had something like this happen to you, I'd love to hear it.
We'll speak soon, take care, friends!!
I'm so excited about your book baby's birthday!! You've worked hard! This journey is also like falling out of your boat in the ocean. You either learn to swim or you sink! One of my big blunders was entering my first writing contest, choosing one that is really huge, and submitting from my Mac thinking I didn't need Word. Fortunately God blessed me with a very kind judge who explained formatting to me! I will always be grateful to that person.ReplyDelete
Be sure you take time to float in your boat and enjoy the ride.
Thank you so much, sweet friend! With your expert help this book baby will be sailing soon. I agree, you either learn to navigate the uneven waters or heaven help you! Thank the Lord you had a nice person give you advice. Jesus always puts helpful people in the boat with us. I'm happy you're going along with me. Hugs!!Delete