Most of us go through periods in life where we feel something is missing or not quite right. This leads to a search for something that will correct this feeling, to make it right again. The search, however, can be either conscious or unconscious.
Light and Form in all the Right Places
The conscious search doesn’t require much explanation. If you sense you need more energy you look for health-related answers; if you feel you need a change in your living environment, you look for decorating ideas or even the houses up for sale. Whether it’s a new religion, career, or wardrobe, the conscious search can provide some options.
The unconscious search is when you come across something you didn’t know was missing from your life–and you are inspired. Something catches your eye or your ear; a fragrance wafts your way; a moment of deja vu occurs in an elevator and for a second you are once again as if young and full of promise–until the moment passes and the present day returns. But the seed has been planted, the damage done: you want it, and that sense of magic and possibility it holds, that feeling of inspiration. Read more »
Something must have worked–it’s halfway through the weekend promotion, and at this writing, An Uncollected Death is #34 in the entire Free Kindle Store rankings, #1 in Free Cozy Mystery, and #2 in Free Women Sleuths! Thanks so much to everyone who picked up a copy. It was nice to get a boost like this in the middle of writing the third book of the series, knowing that thousands of new readers now have a chance to get to know Charlotte and the gang.
Spring fever has struck Northwest Indiana! On Friday, April 18th, and Saturday, April 19th, I’m offering the Kindle edition of my first Charlotte Anthony Mystery, An Uncollected Death, for free on Amazon. So take advantage of this to get yourself a copy, or grab it for gift-giving and share the love.
Speaking of sharing the love–if you haven’t already, do leave reviews of my novels on Amazon and Goodreads, and give ’em a mention on your favorite reading groups and social media. Let the word spread like cheerful dandelions 🙂
No one denies that hard work is usually needed to get things accomplished, to reach goals. But have you ever noticed that sometimes the joy goes out of just doing one’s work for its own sake? Working hard morphed into making hard work of things.
It’s not always obvious when it happens, either. Let’s say you’ve acquired the habit of gratitude: you’re grateful for recognizing your calling, and for the opportunity and means to do it. The work draws you in; you learn the craft and you learn to hone it, you learn to recognize how it could be better and you are driven to make it better. And then one day it feels like you’re not getting anywhere, progress comes at a snail’s pace. You don’t sleep well, your neck and shoulders become stiff and painful–
–it stopped being fun. It became hard work.
So what happened? Could it be that your skill has enabled you to spot areas that have problems, and so you work and work at the solutions, only to find more problems–and still more problems–or the solutions don’t quite do the job? Do the words not come? Are the colors never quite right? Does the melody elude resolution?
Focusing on the problems instead of the process is stressful. Sometimes it is necessary, but when it becomes a regular thing, it isn’t any wonder the sense of gratitude and enjoyment fades.
The solution could be as simple as recognizing what has happened and adjusting one’s perspective, to stand back and appreciate the overall positive whole instead of the problematic parts. It might require a long break–but it might only take a few minutes. Step back from the problems. Remember the purpose. Reset.
The best part is when, after resuming your work with gratitude and a sense of fun–the problems often sort themselves out.
Once again, I got a big kick out of seeing my novel in print, this time the second Charlotte Anthony mystery, An Unexamined Wife. The Kindle edition was published right before Christmas, and many other things required our attention around here before we could set aside the time to do another edit, a layout, and then a proofread of the layout. I love the cover, the font, the off-white paper, just everything.
Opening boxes like this doesn’t get old
It takes Amazon a while to synchronize the print and Kindle editions, so if you go to the book’s Kindle page, it doesn’t yet show anywhere to click for the print on as of this writing. Click HERE to get to the right page.
To celebrate both the print edition of this book and the first publication anniversary of the first book, An Uncollected Death, the Kindle edition of An Unexamined Wife will be on sale for $0.99 on February 26, 27, and 28. This is a good time to get it more cheaply for yourself or for a gift. Of course, the print edition is something you can actually wrap 🙂
The third book, An Undisclosed Vocation, is coming along nicely, 30K words in. This week I’m writing the part that finally gives us the story of Charlotte’s background–her parents and other relatives, and her life all the way up to meeting Jack Anthony. I’m having a lot of fun writing this book. It was worth it to spend all of January just working on the plot.
Thanks so much to everyone who purchased my books and additional thanks to those who have left such great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, as well. The more the merrier. Oh, one more thing, in case you didn’t know, I also have an author’s page on Facebook, and post there more often than here.