Monday, January 19

Some days are diamonds, some days are stone

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I don’t watch a lot of pro football. The Colts are the home team so I love them and Peyton Manning is the poster boy for Adopt-A-Hoosier, so I love him, but I still don’t watch.
          Today–it’s Sunday—I watched the tail end of the Seahawks vs. Packers game. Whoa! I didn’t have a dog in the show, but it was so exciting I almost stitched over my forefinger watching it! And then I watched the Colts vs. Patriots and it was hard not to cry for the home team that has worked so hard. They were blown out—severely—in the New England rain, but they got there. They got there. Whoa!
          I’ve been going to the gym. Life has been...er...sedentary the past few years, so exercising has been tough. I have an iffy hip and sciatica that makes walking—the only form of exercise I like—increasingly difficult. However, today I was trundling along on the treadmill to the tune of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Heroes Are My Weakness being read into my ear buds. My hip usually starts singing to me somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, so I try to go 20. Today, my hip must have been listening to the book, because I made it to 30! What was that I said up there? Whoa!
          Last week, my Harlequin Heartwarming editor called to offer on a book. The revisions will be extensive, the series wasn’t accepted, but whoa! I don’t have a release date, nor will the title probably stick, but just in case it does, keep an eye out for The Winter of Letting Go.
          Yup, I know I sound like a cheerleader—goes along with my Pollyanna persona and my word for the year: expand. Expand the thought processes, the understanding of the way things are, the appreciation. When I say, as everyone else on earth does these days, “It is what it is,” I need to remember to say “Whoa!” at the end of it. Because in there with the hard is the easy, with the bad is the good, with the blowout that ruins a day are the days when you win more than you lose. There are more diamonds than stones.
          I’ll take it.
          Have a great week. I hope you say Whoa! a dozen times. And say it--remember my cheerleader status--loud and proud.

19 comments:

  1. Congrats on that book offer, Whoa! We love your Pollyanna persona. it reminds the rest of us to look for silver linings.

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  2. Whoa! What wonderful news, Liz! Congratulations on the offer from Harle! It's gonna be a good year, for sure.

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  3. Wonderful news on the book deal, Liz. Even with revisions, it's a good thing. And about the hip, I recommend massage therapy. It worked wonders for my husband. And I find the stretching in yoga keeps me from falling apart completely. Good luck!

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    1. I'm going to try yoga, Jana (she says hopefully), but haven't done it yet. I know I feel much better just to be moving again!

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  4. Oh, super congrats! on the new contract. That's wonderful and I can't wait for the read no matter what it is eventually titled. What a lovely way to start off the new year!

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    1. Thanks, Roben. I just have this fear, as I always do, that this time I'm not going to be able to pull it out!

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  5. I like "whoa!" It's a good way to see the world. I need a little "whoa" in my life. Great post and congrats on the book deal!!

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    1. I like it, too, even though I think it looks a bit goofy. :-) Thanks, Nan.

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  6. I don't watch football all that much either, but I root for the Packers anyway. I didn't see the game you watched. Who won?

    Walking is the only form of exercise I like, too, but I can't do much of it because of my back.

    I wish you all the best with your book!

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    1. The Packers played well, but the Seahawks got a really good thing going and took it away at the end. Thanks, Chrys, and I'm sorry about your back. :-(

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  7. I am happier for you than you can possibly know, about the offer. As a fellow writer, I knew you were waiting for a response. The long wait made me think "whoa!" Maybe those editors are not as smart as I thought. It turned out they are. Now I think "yay!" And I wonder what extensive means. Can you hint at what types of things need changed? I don't know how far revision letters can go. Congratulations!

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    1. Conflict and black moment, Cathy--neither are strong enough. :-(

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  8. Woot! I'm happy dancing for you on the book offer, Liz, and hoping they decide to buy the series, too. :)

    I'm saying 'whoa' today because bebe swam - correctly! - a full length of our Y pool today. :)

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    1. Good for bebe!! And thanks, Kristi. I'm happy, too, just worried as always about being able to do what they want me to.

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  9. I see nothing wrong with having a Pollyanna view on life. I kinda of enjoy mine ;) Congrats on the book contract! That's awesome. And I love the idea of some days being diamonds and some being rocks. I had a diamond day today.

    And finally, go Seahawks! I was working and missed the game, but boy, is the twelfth man happy in the state of Washington!

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    1. Oops, you said stones, not rocks. I guess I was in my Charlie Brown frame of mind :) LOL

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  10. LOL, I'm sure the PNW is a happy place to be this week. Not so much Hoosierland.

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