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Hello dear readers,

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. It was unseasonably warm and beautiful here–a nice excuse to get out for a walk and enjoy the fall colors.

I’ve been having this feeling lately…a feeling like things are soon going to change in my life in a big way. I’m not sure why I’ve been feeling this, but it gives me hope.

There’s a lot of work ahead of me. Some tough deadlines to meet in order to get Lost ready for that contest (deadline: end of November) and Dragonfly Summer ready for my beta readers (deadline: end of October). In the meantime, I’ll be training hard for my red prajoud test, which is set for December 17th. Knowing that something good will come of this work–that someone is going to sit up and take notice of my writing–will give me the energy I need to persevere.

So, back to why I’m feeling this way. Could it be due to the fact that I have a wonderful mentor now? Or that I’ve formed valuable connections with other writers? Or that I know so much more about the industry? Maybe it’s that I finished my read-through of Dragonfly ahead of schedule, and I’m really happy with it. It’s probably a combination of all those things, along with one more important factor: you.

Yes, you. When I started this blog in April, I never imagined the outpouring of support and appreciation I’d receive. I didn’t envision having loyal readers from all over the world, people who would take the time to send emails about how much my little daily musings mean to them. You above all else have made me feel like a real writer again, and I thank you for that. Thanks for being here.

Have you ever had a “feeling” about something? Did it come to fruition?

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  1. Dianiewill

    I think sometimes when we have feelings about how things are going, we help make them happen that way. (good or bad.)
    When we see good in our future, and when we feel like positive changes are happening, in a way help we make those things occur- merely by expecting the best.

    Of course, I also believe than when you feel good about yourself, your skills and talents, and even your opportunities, you attract positive people, positive situations, more and better opportunities, and you also probably increase your skills and talents due to all this surge in energy and positive power. So GOOD FOR YOU! You ARE worth it, you are talented, and you are doing great! I cant wait to see more of your journey here! Best to you-

  2. Story Teller

    Thanks for your kind comment, Diane. That’s an interesting take on it – I never thought of it that way, but it makes sense. “Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.”

  3. Chris

    Congrats, Holli! You’re going into this well-prepared, strong, and with a lot of support. Exciting times ahead!

  4. Story Teller

    Thanks, Chris. You are a big part of that support. I really appreciate it.

  5. Cat Connor

    I felt exactly that way in Jan 2009. So much so that my neighbor picked up on it too. The pair of us were walking round with big grins for weeks – for no apparent reason. But by Feb 26th that same year, I had a publisher! 😀

    And my journey was similar to yours – it wasn’t an agent that stalled me, it was a publisher – with useless editors and an inability to communicate, oh and they went bankrupt 7 days before my book was due out. THANK GOD!!

    I still get that “standing on the edge about to fly” feeling. It’s awesome.

    You’re going far Holli.

    Now if I could just get people to buy my books!! lol

  6. Story Teller

    Hi Cat! Thanks for your comment. Good to know that there’s a reason for these feelings sometimes. It’s also nice to hear that I’m not the only one who has been stalled, but I’m sorry you went through that.

    I thought your books were doing well? Seems like you’ve been getting some awesome reviews!


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