Saturday, November 30, 2019

Wake up! Let me tell you my story! by Liz Flaherty #RomanceGems

Well, no, it's never happened quite that way--although there's always hope, right? But I have sat up in bed determined to write down the idea or identity that had just made itself known to me. I wish I could say I always got it done, but the truth is that I usually fall back to sleep and am left with remnants.

This month's theme has been Life Lessons, and I have loved reading everyone's and envying some of them. As in, Why couldn't I have learned that? It would have been so helpful! 

I am on a weird little slope in the roller coaster ride that is being a writer of romantic fiction. I'm writing a new book, but really slow. I'm thinking about retiring, but not really. I'm agonizing over book sales and my relationships with one publisher and an editor with another.


Sometime last week, I wrote a proposal for a series. I was laughing as I agonized over it, because even though I've written a series and a few spinoffs, I'd never before proposed a series. I told a friend that I felt, once again, like a total newbie in the industry.

I guess that's what I am, and it's still okay. It's still fun, there are still threads of excitement making sparkles in my writing life, and I have more to say. As changes rush through the industry, chances are good I will be a newbie again, both bewildered and enthralled by what is before me. Pieces of lyrics from a Rodgers and Hart song explain it all so well.

I'm wild again
Beguiled again...
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I...

So there's my life lesson. While experience is to be valued, sometimes starting over with the unknown is, too. The other part of the lesson is that some things don't change, starting with, Let me tell you my story...

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the upcoming holidays as well. If you're looking for Christmas stories, I hope you'll check out the anthologies created from Heartwarming authors' visit to Christmas Town, Maine last year. Instead of novellas, there are six full-length novels in each anthology. 





Oh, it's the last day for November's Giveaway!




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14 comments:

  1. You will be a busy woman! Good luck with a wonderful new series. Sounds like you can't wait. So great hearing you love what you do. We wish that for all!

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    1. We do wish that, don't we Nora? Thank you for the support. No matter what changes,the sisterhood of writers lives on!

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  2. Liz you and I came from previous times when there were fewer choices for getting our stories published, Readers were out there and our publishers found them...we hoped for the best with next to no info on readership. things have changed and can easily bewilder, but the love of storytelling fills us and without it, I don’t know where I’d be.

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    1. I think we'd all be in the same place without it, Bonnie. It's as elemental a part of us as a limb or an organ.

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  3. Liz, your posta strike such a chord with me every month. Thank uou.

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  4. I admire your courage to step out challenge yourself. That'll keep you on your toes and shows that life doesn't end beyond a certain point. Oh, and I love that song!

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    1. Me, too, and I love what it means to me with where I'm at now.

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  5. I love th excitement of starting something new!

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  6. Great blog, Liz, and yup, I'm so there with you...as long as we both have spark moments of delight, we keep on. Hugs, baby!

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    1. They're little gifts unto themselves, aren't they?

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  7. Hey, Liz! Loved your post because what you say resonates with any writer who has been around a while. *g* Looking forward to learning more about that series.

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    1. I am, too! :-) I'm still in panic mode about the whole idea.

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