Many have been asking, what about Scarlet 3? And I know what its like to wait aaaages for a story you really want to read, and Im awfully sorry its been so long. I havent given up on it completely but wanted to share this powerful quote about writing that helps give insight as to why I had to put Scarlet's book away for a while. "I write to explore all the things Im afraid of..." is very true of Scarlets book. As you know, while its a fun look at the cray cray of Samoan weddings and family drama, its also about some tough issues that are often kept silent and shamed in the dark of secrecy. I may have overestimated how strong I would be in writing about certain issues and after a loved one died (not long after Scarlet Secrets came out) - exploring the things Im afraid of no longer seemed doable.
Its been 2yrs and Im in a place now where I feel like I can do that, and where I can again write - to give myself strength. So, yes Scarlet 3 is coming. Its not forever buried in the box of #NoHopeWritingProjects! Its slow but its happening. Thank you for your patience and your encouragement along the way!
"Change is fundamental to stability. . . time is a means towards eternity." - Carlos Fuentes
Back in 2005 when I was doing my undergrad at Wash U, Mexican author and diplomat Carlos Fuentes came to campus to give a guest lecture on the 400th anniversary of the publication of "Don Quixote." I read excerpts of Don Quixote in my AP Spanish class in high school. Cervantes is considered not only the greatest Spanish writer in history (and did for the Spanish language what Shakespeare did for English), but "Don Quixote" is often recognized as the first true modern novel in Western literature.
I absolutely abhorred it. I thought it was the most boring thing I'd ever encountered, even with my father's help on the translation. But I'd read Fuentes modern novella "Aura" and been fascinated, so I attended the lecture.
It is a testament to Fuentes' brilliance as a writer, thinker, and speaker to say that I walked out of that lecture that day with a renewed desire to read "Don Quixote." I admit to remembering little of Fuentes' lecture, something I regretted only a handful of years later when he died, but the quote above always resonated with me for its truth and parallelism. "Change is fundamental to stability. . . time is a means towards eternity."
Self-doubt. Writer's block. Daily wars against distraction. Lack of support and/or understanding from friends and family. Impostor syndrome. Bouncing back from rejection and less-than-stellar reviews. The tedious work of editing and revising and querying and researching. The “extroverting” necessary for getting the word out about our books...
The list of reasons why writing is difficult seems endless, but it doesn't matter. Why? Because writing is magic. It transforms us and sets us free. It breathes light into darkness, hope into despair, and invites both writer and reader to imagine and dream and escape reality just long enough to let stories remind them of what's possible.
Don't give up when it gets tough. Keep digging. Keep fighting. Keep writing, because it's absolutely, positively, indisputably worth it.
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At this age I wanted to be so much more than I am today..
Little my little everyday something dies inside me, a glimmer if hope for better tomorrows, for better days.
I haven’t lost all hope (yet), I haven’t lost the sight of my dreams.
Ask me in a year or two, let’s see where I am at.
On this #thankfulthursday, I’d like to thank each and every reader who’s taken the time to review and/or reach out to me with their kind, encouraging feedback on my work! It makes me smile a whole lot wider than this chihuahua! 🤗💗 Keep the smiles coming today and let a writer know how much you enjoy their work!