The trail to publishing can be long, twisting, full of rocks, or smooth and leading to a perfect view. Such as this photo I took last year along my hike of the Appalachian Trail. For several months now I have been wondering what God has in store for my writing. Since my return from the trail, I really did not know what would happen. I worked hard at first to put out new ideas and proposals, hoping something would happen. But the weeks went by and nothing.
I then thought perhaps I should look for different employment since my son is now out of school, I had some time on my hands, and the writing part did not seem to be taking off. I applied for a part time library position. There was only one other candidate, I knew the head librarian, so I thought I had an excellent shot at it. When I arrived home from the interview that very day, in my e-mail was an acceptance for a Christmas novella. This project initially came along because my agent / author asked if I wanted to be on the team after their fourth author was unable to participate. Of course whenever opportunity comes knocking, I try to answer to the best of my ability. And I did, coming up with a storyline for the collection in a few days. Well, it was accepted and on the very day I interviewed for the other job.
The next week I was off to the Philly Writer's Conference which poured needed rain down on this dry walk in my writing. I felt energized by positive contacts with editors and authors. I felt renewed in my call to write. And so now I am back at the keyboard, working hard, looking for more open doors as well as writing a new novella.
As for the library position - the other candidate got the job.... :)