I didn’t understand why I was the only one who could hear the music.
I kept looking into the crowd from face to face, searching for any hint that I wasn’t losing my mind, that someone else could hear the tinkling of the piano keys, the mournful tone of the saxophone.
But no one else heard it.
No one else saw the man dressed in black either.
It's changed a bit since then. Quite a bit. When I started, I didn't know who the man in black was. Now I do. I didn't know why Em was the only one who could hear the music. Now I do.
I desperately, deeply hope that one day everyone will have access to Emerson's story. My wildest dream is that I'll get to write books two and three. I am so grateful my Creator created me in His image, because that means I get to CREATE. It brings me so much joy.
I've learned a lot in the past year. I really am A.D.D. (No, I didn't know before now. Stop laughing.) I'm not good at balance. I tend to focus on one thing and go for it with everything I have. Sometimes that means I forget other things. My family has suffered because of my lack of wisdom.
I'm working on changing that.
I actually wrote a book. A whole book. I started something - I finished it. Of course, now I'm revising, but that's all part of the process. I like process. It indicates a learning curve - getting it wrong means you might have the chance to get it right. You just try again.
I've had to try again. A lot. I don't imagine that will ever change.
I'm blessed to have friends in my life who have extended GRACE to me when I've gotten it wrong. For that I am beyond grateful. "Hope" used to be my favorite word. "Grace" has been edging up there lately.
We can all use an extra measure of grace, right?
Today marks one year since I started writing WEAVER, so today is Emerson's birthday. AND this is my FIFTIETH post. I think it's tIme to celebrate!
I have five books to give away, as well as a $15 Target gift card and a $15 BooksAMillion gift card. Here's how you win:
If you are a follower (there's a little button you can click up there in the right hand corner if you aren't but want to be), your name is entered once. If you answer the question below in the comments section (comments are at the top of the post, below the title), your name is entered once. If you are both a follower AND a commenter, two chances. I won't choose the winner until Monday, so think HARD about the question. It's research (hint, hint).
QUESTION: If you could have ANY, and I mean ANY superpower, what would you choose and why? If you give me a PARTICULARLY good answer, you might get an extra entry. Work for it people!
And eat some cake. It's Emerson's birthday!