Blogger: Michelle Ule
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
I’ve been talking about being a writer my whole life. Even my elementary school-aged daughter, however, was on to my lack of publishing success when she asked ten years ago, “When are you going to write a book I can actually see at the library?”
Sigh. When indeed? Back to the keyboard . . .
In 2003 I attended my first Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. It was a discouraging time on a rainy weekend in March. After several days, I wondered why I had bothered to come. I watched the rain pour down and thought, I should just go home and raise my daughter. It’ll be disappointing if I’m never published, but it will be worse if I don’t do a good job with my child.
The rain stopped, the clouds parted, and a sunbeam shone down.
I laughed. “I’ll take that as a yes, Lord.”
In the years since then, I’ve worked on my craft, written several unpublished novels, attended writers’ conferences, and learned about the publishing industry from my catbird seat at Books & Such. I’ve often thought about abandoning the writing dream, but then I’d remember that sunbeam. When an opportunity arose this summer to submit a romance novella for publication, I seized it.
The day Janet and Rachel received the news that Barbour wanted to publish my novella, The Dogtrot Christmas, as part of their A Log Cabin Christmas Collection, I was at home. They told me they needed some help with a QuickBooks problem and could I come in?
The contract arrived the day we drove our daughter to her freshman year at UC Santa Barbara.
We worship a God who puts dreams into our hearts and shows us the way He wants us to go. Sometimes our dreams come true, usually in different ways than we expected. I like to hold my dreams lightly, and let them fly if need be.
How about you? How do you keep a dream alive? And how do you know when God is pointing you in a different direction?
Tomorrow: Actually writing the story