Sunday, August 11, 2013
It is what it is...
Tis interesting how we thinking we're all grown up until something happens that awakens a sort of sobering maturity that is not age-dependent. For me, these moments are often when I find that people are not who I thought they were. I'm not talking folks not calling on time -- or at all, being gossipy or rude, or cads, or any of those human failings -- we all have these issues. I'm not talking discovering folks we've put on a pedestal have clay feet either, because ultimately that disappointment is our responsibility for choosing to laud another human in that way. And, I'm talking social media silliness either. No, I'm talking much uglier behaviors that impact your life, and are senselessly mean, or lack such integrity, or are so unfair, or petty, or just foul, that they actually startle our sensibilities. When I look back I realize the revelations were never unannounced. In fact, in hindsight, I can often pinpoint the moment when an action or my intuition clued me that something is amiss, but rather than heed the niggling inner voice, I pressed on doggedly, wanting to believe it isn't what it is. But, as Miss Maya Angelou's advices, "When people show you who they are," we really should "believe them." The take-away? Another quote, "Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do." Internalize the lesson. People are who they are, and it's not our responsibility to fix, fight or even understand the motivations behind unscrupulous behavior. But there is grace to be had, in using the revelation as a lesson in recognizing the truth of your intuitive voice, and moving ahead knowing that residual effects of the negativity can be balanced by the positive. That said, I'm really grateful for the folks I know who really are who they say they are.
I am excited to report that I am planning a re-release of The Other Sister, under new cover and with availability in book form. The re-introduction will precede the release of the second novel in this planned series of four about the Jefferson family and friends entitled, Something About April. While reading the first Jefferson story is not a necessity it does introduce wife Lena and daughter Carla who are featured in this story. Lena didn't have much of a voice in the first and I wanted to let her speak and Carla being the spurned sister really seemed to really bother some readers, although I think they may have projected their own narrative onto her character. Initially, I had thought to pursue publication of this second story through traditional channels, but querying one agent was enough to let me know that at least for right now, pursuing the querying process is not the path for me. So, while I'm not sure exactly what route to publication I'll take, it will be one that allows me much autonomy which may mean that I again publish myself. Self-publishing was not my plan when I first wrote a fiction novel, but then unlike many others, I had no real plan, and self-publishing is not really such an oddity anymore. Additionally, I am blessed to have made contacts with some super-competent editors and other creatives to help support my efforts. Release date for Something About April will likely be January/February of 2014.
Looking forward to a few days of down time before orientation and the start of the school year. Maybe I'll even get back here before then to write a line or two.
In the meantime, Happy Sun-days....