The Fantasies That Keep Us Going

21 Jan

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I began my journey with The Tiger’s Tale at the end of January, 2008. I attached my story to a contest entry form, took a deep breath for courage and hit send. I was hoping for useful feedback and was stunned by a win. Winning was a start, but there was a long trek between the win and landing a publishing contract.

When I’m running in a long distance race, I use mental tricks to get myself through the tough spots, those places where I don’t believe I can put one foot in front of the other one more time. I might visualize the clock as I cross the finish line, or imagine a handsome volunteer hanging a finisher’s medal around my neck. I can’t believe some of the miseries I’ve endured for the sake of a finisher’s medal.

I got the author’s version of a finisher’s medal yesterday — my first book cover. Nice!

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2 Responses to “The Fantasies That Keep Us Going”

  1. Christine January 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    Love it! I’d say that’s better than a finisher’s medal.

  2. naramalone January 22, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    Hey Christine. Thanks for dropping by. I’ve been missing my blogging buddies. I need to look in and see how things are going at your farm. You take the most gorgeous photos. I wish you had some tigers 🙂

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