Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Some Days We Need An Inspirational Kick

A lot of you know I'm a big basketball fan. And living in Kentucky, that means I bleed blue. Ever since I was a kid I've been listening to UK play basketball. Been through some exciting times with the Cats and some disappointing times. Right now, things are going well in the Big Blue Nation. We've got a good team and a coach most all of us can like. 

I know you're all wondering how I'm going to tie all this in with the picture I've posted. Well, I heard Coach Cal on the radio the other day and he was talking about coaching and how a person can get off track. He said he had a banner in this office that read "Coach Your Team." I think he was saying that he had to work with what he had and not worry about what other coaches were doing. He had to be the coach for his players. 

That resonated with me. Not the coaching part, but the taking care of your own corner of the world part. So I made a banner for my blog tonight. "Write Your Book." I can't write somebody else's book. I can't waste a lot of time wishing I wrote as well as this bestselling author or that much admired wordsmith. I guess it's only natural to wish to be better at whatever we want to do whether that's writing or throwing basketballs through a hoop. But I'm not going to get to be a better writer by wishing I was somebody else writing somebody else's book. I have to write my book. 

Then once I have it written, I could make another banner. "Turn Your Book Loose." Give it to the readers and hope they will like the story. Just don't obsess about it. Turn it loose and look back to banner one. "Write Your Book." 

The thing about writing novels is that by the time one book makes it out to market, most of the time a writer is putting the finishing touches on a new book. And some writers might have finished several books in that year it takes a book to wind its way through a traditional publishing house and be printed and ready to go out and find those readers. All that is good inspirational advice. But even the best advice is hard to follow sometimes. It's hard to turn loose a book and not feel a little tightening in the throat when the first reviews roll in. What are readers going to think? Are they going to like your characters? Are they going to be caught up in the story? Are you, the writer, going to develop a thick skin and be able to remember that first banner and "write your book" no matter what the reviewers say? So many questions. Questions that might not have easy answers. 

But I have gotten the answer about the first couple of reviews I've seen for Words Spoken True. RT Book Review Magazine gave the book 4 stars. Then Long and Short Reviews posted a really nice review today. Loved some of the imagery the reviewer used about the story being a tapestry with the different threads of the characters and their stories woven into it. And isn't this button image they sent me nice? This is the one for romance. The one for sci-fi is green. The one for mystery another color. I'll let you guess what color they use for the spicier romances. Sort of fun. 

But you know the reviews that are best are the ones from you. I'm always glad to get an e-mail or comment telling me what a reader likes about my books. The ones where you tell me what you don't like aren't quite as much fun, but I'm tough. I can take it, because you know what? I have to "Write MY Book." 

Don't forget the giveaway. Comment on the blog and get your name thrown in the pot again for an autographed copy of Words Spoken True. I'll pick the winner February 1. Remember, this is just for those of you who comment on my blog posts so your chances of winning are pretty good. I do need a way to get in touch with you or you'll need to check my Wednesday blog on Feb. 1 to see if you won and then you can let me know how to contact you.

As always, thanks for reading. I do so appreciate each and every one of you. 

7 comments:

  1. Reminds me of the quote by Will Rogers: "Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."

    Sometimes we get to looking at other folks and need a little nudge to get moving...thanks for providing that for me today!

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  2. That was good, Ann. I should make my own banner about what I need to do! Love your books and your posts.

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  3. I like that quote, Elaine. I sometimes have a tendency to sit too long in one spot, but maybe if I hear the train whistle, I'll get up and move.

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  4. Let us know what your banner is going to say, Carol. And thanks for reading my musings here. My books, too.

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  5. I think my banner for this time in my life should be "just do it". For years I have yard-saled and flea-marketed and dreamed of redecorating and I am finally doing it. After living in a place for over 32 years it is sometimes easy to let things slide. Since October I have cleaned, painted, arranged and re-arranged andI am so proud of the results!! I definitely did a banner to keep me going. JUST DO IT! Thanks for the idea, Ann.

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  6. "Just Do It" works, Connie. And you're absolutely right about doing what we've always wanted to do now and not putting it off. Glad your house is "shaping up."

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  7. Good morning Ann, I enjoyed your thoughts on your family’s special crazy quilt. When my life isn’t so crazy ;-) I hope to start my own quilt but for now, I would like to share a quilt story with you. I lived in Flemingsburg until I married and since then, my home has been about 15 miles away, in Hillsboro.

    The church I started attending after my marriage has a long, rich history and a part of that history is a quilt that was made in the 1930s to raise money for the church. Apparently, a donation would allow you to write your name on a block and it was then embroidered and attached to the other blocks. This quilt was owned by a lady who had moved to Georgia but she made sure that the quilt was returned to its rightful home. I knew that my husband’s family would be among the names on the quilt but imagine my surprise, and my delight, when I discovered the names of my paternal grandparents, an aunt who died before I was born, and also a great aunt and great uncle. I knew that my father and his parents had lived in Hillsboro for a very short time when he was young but I had never connected them to this church.

    What was even more precious was that I was able to see my grandmother’s handwriting. Mamaw died when I was about 12 years old so I don’t recall ever seeing her signature! Since the quilt is in a special display unit in our fellowship hall, I can view it anytime and be reminded of all of the love that Edna Porter showed me in the short time we had together.

    Your reminiscing has made me realize that only God can create the wonderful patchwork we call our life. It also reinforced the belief that we should treasure every quilt, no matter how simple or elaborate, no matter how practical or decorative, as wonderful history books.

    Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday, Ann and thank you for jogging a wonderful memory.
    Connie

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