In reading what I have so far with Playing with Fire, I can see where I have improved in these last 9 months as a writer. I really like where the story is going and my editor says I do a wonderful job with the dialog and plotting. It's an amazing feeling to know I am living my dream.
It hit me the other day exactly what I've accomplished with my writing. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of milestones to still reach, selling 1,000 books is the next one. But for doing all the legwork myself I'm pleased with the 350 I've sold so far. It's a start.
I must say that since my grandmother's passing in late May, my outlook on things has improved. I don't stress as much, I take more time to breathe and let go. Her mantra was always, "God is gonna work it out". Even when people took advantage or things seemed all downhill, she was steadfast in that mantra and now I carry it on.
All the bumps and bruises life has given, all the fails and near misses, all the victory dances and tears of joy....all are part of a much bigger plan than I can even imagine. I know some of the hard times I have used in my books, to show you can get through them. And even in the midst of dispair, there is always hope.