But then I remember how blessed I am, how privileged I am to do the job I do, to have the friends and family I have, to live in this country, and all the rest of it. Even without any of that, though, I still have lots to be thankful for, lots to smile about. I have a God who loves me, who cares about me, who wants to just hang out with me. He is enough. Whatever else is going on, He is enough. And His name is wonderful.
Bryan Duncan has been my favorite Christian artist for a very, very long time. If you remember him, dig out those old CDs and enjoy. If you never heard of him, give him a try. He's a lot of fun, and he'll make you cry, too. A ton of his songs are available on YouTube.
Have you taken time today to thank God for just being wonderful?
I think the writing/publishing industry can test our resolve more than many other careers. We work, often for nothing. We get rejected (yes, even after you've published a bunch of books!), and we have to smile and nod through reviews we don't agree with... But then I realize first that I'm so happy writing, that's it's RIDICULOUS!!!!! And that everyone's going to have an opinion, good, bad, indifferent, and it's actually the indifferent ones that bother me more than someone not loving a story or hating a story. At least that's not placid. I'm never big on placid!!! And now we have indie publishing, and the ability to make/shape/design our own careers... and of course it all starts with Write A Great Book... so God puts it right back into our hands! Deanna, I'm heading right over to check out Bryan Duncan! I'm a K-Love lover and I don't think I've heard Bryan's stuff, but I get so many great ideas from music... Those emotions bleed into stories beautifully! Thank you!ReplyDelete
I can hear your love of writing, Ruthy, and I see it when I read your books!Delete
I also agree about indifference. I'd rather write books that strike someone's heart - one way or another - than ones that are forgotten because they didn't raise a flash of emotion.
Anita, I agree wholeheartedly. Indifference kills an author's readership, but emotion... one way or another you're creating a memory, LOL! Although I do prefer the HAPPY readers! :)Delete
Hi, Ruth! Do check out Bryan's music. I don't know what he's doing these days, but I love his old stuff. Some seem deceptively simple (and some are), but the more you listen, the more they get to you. "Strong Medicine" is probably my favorite (if I MUST choose), but I love "Have Yourself Committed" and "Holy Rollin'" just about as much.Delete
And I agree about indifference. Even if I make a reader mad, at least I know I touched some kind of chord.
I recently got a one-star review of "Rules of Murder" on Goodreads. The reader had all kinds of good things to say about the story and the writing and the humor and the characters and all the good stuff. But she rated it one-star because she's a pagan and didn't like the Christian elements. Well, to me, that's a five-star review. She couldn't come up with anything but her own prejudices to say against it. If noting else, she heard that God loves her and that it's never too late to come to Him. I consider that review a big success. :D
Hahaha! I agree! That's the best kind of review! And I popped over to hear him, and it's rockin' music, DeAnna!Delete
Oh wow, what a way to start the writing day! Good choice, DeAnna.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Anita. That song never fails to improve my mood. :DDelete
Great post, and now I'm having flashbacks to a cheer leading routine we did to a Bryan Duncan song in high school :)ReplyDelete
This is it. Also appropriate for today's post. LOL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzPwBqyeqbMReplyDelete
How fun is that, Dina? :DReplyDelete