Cherry Blossom Capers Author Lynette Sowell
by Lynette Sowell
Welcome To Hollywood!
I was asked to blog on current events, and for those of us who like pop culture, a big annual current event has started taking place: American Idol auditions. Tens of thousands of people wait hours for their minute or less in front of the Idol judges, and all of them hoping to hear three little words. The sheer number of auditions truly boggles the mind. Do tens of thousands of people really want to be a star? You know, there's the ones who get their few minutes of fame in ridiculous costumes. Or the non-singer. "Yeah, I'm terrible, but that's why I should be on American Idol!" (Huh?)
One of the thing I love about the auditions is the happy surprises—seeing a “regular” person step up in front of Randy, Jennifer, and Steven, and without accompaniment, move them to tears in a good way. It's fun to watch my favorite competitors move up through the ranks as they grow into performers and realize a dream come true.
Of course, the flips side shows us the tears, the dashed hopes, the bewildered looks of the ones who didn't make it? I understand the tears. I'm fiercely competitive and hate to lose, even against myself. I'm no stranger to disappointment. When I was in kindergarten, I said wanted to be a TV star. That's what my mom wrote in my school days book that contained pictures and tidbits of my school years.
Did you see the young woman who always felt like she was in her twin sister's shadow? She thought making it to American Idol would pull her out of that shadow. It was heartbreaking to hear her sing, because, well, she wasn't very good at it. She hinged her hopes for a “change” on one chance that came and went. I wanted to tell her, “Honey, you are beautiful and talented in your own way. Don't depend on a show to bring that out in you.”
What many AI hopefuls want is to belong, to know they're special. Don't we all? We dream of being a part of something big, something important. Whatever dream we cherish, we think, "Oh, if I could only make it to Hollywood, my life would be so much better!" We want to belong, to be accepted. We want to shine.
One of the things I'm learning is oh so simple, yet oh so hard to get: I've already made it to Hollywood. SomeOne hangs on my every word. To Him, I'm a superstar. Flawed, human, but worthy of loving. He's got bigger plans for me than any record label. He thinks I shine. Doesn't make sense, does it? But that's grace. That's real love. That's bigger than any idol. My disappointments in this life--and there have been many, should I choose to go back and think about each one--pale in comparison. My God is able to do exceedingly abundantly, above and beyond, more than I can ask or think. I've got it made. I hope you learn that truth for yourself too.
Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of five novels and six novellas for Barbour Publishing. When Lynette's not writing, she divides her time between editing medical reports and writing a column for her local newspaper. Lynette was born in Massachusetts, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband and a herd of cats who have them well-trained. She loves reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip. You can visit Lynette's author page on Facebook to learn more about her books at: https://www.facebook.com/lynettesowellauthor
"State Secrets" in CHERRY BLOSSOM CAPERS
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Four women encounter love, danger, and mystery beyond their neighborhood near Washington D.C. Tara Whitley, assistant chef at the White House, helps FBI agent Jack Courtland unmask a State dinner saboteur. Attorney Ciara Turner and her nemesis Daniel Evans investigate a judge's murder. Archeologist intern Samantha Steele almost loses her nerve and children when she and security guard Nick Porter investigate a forgery at Mount Vernon. Coffee shop owner Susan Holland and builder Vince Martini encounter danger in her late uncle's mansion. Can these couples trust God with their lives and love as they track down killers and culprits?
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