The past couple of weeks have been a rollercoaster of events and emotions, some things tipping delightfully in my favor, others not so much. I'm overwhelmed and saddened by all that's been going on in the world lately: The volcanic eruptions in Iceland, the strains on the global economy, the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf and, most recently, the horrible flooding in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi...including Nashville, of course, where our summer RWA National Conference was supposed to be held. My heart goes out to all of the individuals, families and animals/sea creatures affected by these catastrophes. It reminds me again why it's so important to have friends and storytellers in our world. IMO, both help us find solace, meaning and connection amidst the sadness.
Thankfully, there are bits and pieces of good news, too: Writers I love who have new books coming out (so happy for you!), friends who continue to top Bestseller Lists (yay, Simone!), the successes of dear family members who persevered and now get to enjoy some well-deserved recognition (way to go, A!!) and even I have something happy to share... I was thrilled to get the call last week that According to Jane is a Best First Book Finalist in the 2010 Golden Quill! Many thanks to all of the judges for this tremendous honor.
This morning, I'm taking a deep breath (several, actually ;) and reminding myself that there's only so much I can control...but I need to do the best I can with those few things under my influence. With that thought in mind, I'm going to get offline and get some writing done. Right now, in fact!
Wishing you all good health and happiness today.