“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman
I’m not sure how nearly a month has passed since we’ve visited but somehow it has…
As for me, I’ve been working on all things balance and although I do mostly believe that “balance” is a myth, I have learned over time what my personal threshold is, and what I need in order to feel that I’m living well. For me personally, that includes pulling back and reacessing my commitments, eliminating clutter, surrounding myself with people who give as much as they take, AND making pleasure top priority. There truly is an art to doing absolutely nothing and being ok with that.
Anyway, when I’m not doing “nothing” which really mostly means cooking for, mediating fights between, cleaning up after, and driving to hell and back for those I adore most, I’m usually hard at work trying to push out a second book. In my quest for “balance” and in order to put out my very best work, I’ve decided to delay the release of Breaking Bedrock until a little bit later this winter. To those of you who are waiting (rather impatiently!) for it and aren’t shy about letting me know (I love you and thank you) it truly sucks to let you down. But I do promise that it will be all the better for the delay.
In other news, I am over the moon, grateful to have hit #19 in Romantic Suspense on the Amazon Bestseller List and #45 in Suspense last week. So thank you all for that. I’ve already waxed poetic about the readers and the bloggers over on FB , so I’ll spare you here. But really, thank you all.
If you haven’t yet read Bedrock (seriously, what are you waiting for? ;)) it’s on sale via all major retailers through this Sunday and is just $0.99 in ebook form. Buy links can be found here.
Also, I’ll be signing books at the Texas Book Festival on 10/26/13 from 3-4 pm in The Writer’s League of TX booth. There are a few other events coming up as well as a signing that BookPeople is setting up which I hope to let you know about soon. In addition, I’m doing lots of book club appearances and while I unfortunately can’t be everywhere, I’m so thankful for an awesome little invention otherwise known as Skype.
Oh and one more thing…for anyone considering following a dream or who simply want some tremendously good advice on life…I absolutely LOVE this. Every. Single. Bit. Of. It. So much goodness here. Then again, I have a thing for commencement speeches, probably because I never graduated from higher ed, and if I’m being honest, I have to say that I seriously want to slap some sense into a few kids in this video who look like they’re so “over it.” I want to scream “Wake up! Listen to what he’s saying and be grateful for where you are!!! Oh and P.S. you snotty little brat, even if your parents didn’t take out a second mortgage just to afford for you to be sitting here, they still could’ve done so much with the money they put into their belief in you. I really do apologize for slapping you. You can thank me later. Now, wake up. Oh… and then go make good art.” I know…I know…it’s a sore spot. Clearly.
“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” ― Neil Gaiman