Positive Thoughts

silver linings

January 19, 2021

Writing—and publishing—your thoughts is uniquely personal.  It’s one thing to type out what you think about something.  It’s another level to share it with a friend, and one more scary step to put it out where everyone can see it.  And it’s the ultimate act of courage to publish it, complete with a price tag.

From what I hear, I am not the first person to go through the entire process of writing the text, paying someone to edit it, crafting a cover, fighting through the formatting process and carefully creating the accompany sales blurb—all culminating in sitting in front of the computer screen, staring at the Amazon “publish” button with a mixture of enthusiasm tempered by abject fear.

What if no one buys it? 

What if I bare my soul to complete strangers, and they laugh? 

What if people I know read it and hate it?

Today, an email arrived from a neighbor friend.  The last time I saw her (naturally, out on one of my many walks with a friend and her dog), she commented that my book was next in line on her nightstand.  I had forgotten about that encounter, and I certainly was not expecting a review from her.   

Her subject line conveyed warm enthusiasm: “Wrote a review—fun book!” She shared what she had submitted to Amazon… and her words filled me with warm, fuzzy feelings that have lingered long after I read them, creating my silver lining for today. 

Silver Linings…

started as my personal response to 2020’s global pandemic of COVID-19.  When I published them locally,  I was surprised by how much people responded to them.

 

I hope they bring some positivity to you, too, during this unsettling time

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