In the grand scheme of things, this is a small sorrow. It is not an act of terrorism; it is not a missing child; it is not a national catastrophe. But it is a sorrow nonetheless, and I've had to give myself permission to feel sad for a little while.
Funny, though, how the small sorrows in life have the power to snap our perspective into place. To reveal the many places of profound blessing in our lives. If we're tuned in to all this, we end up feeling thankful instead of sad.
So it's okay. I'm okay. With each passing day, I'm more certain I'll never see Lucy again (there are woods--and coyotes--behind our house). But I'm learning to rejoice in the season of her having been here. I've truly never met such an affectionate, sweet, almost-doglike cat (she comes when you call her). She's the fifth cat in my life (not including one-night stands), and I have loved her more deeply than any other.
I must have needed her, because she felt like a gift every day. She still feels like a gift, even though she's not here.
Anyway. That's the sad-heart-behind-the-blog-posts this week.
And so we move along. My birthday was a string of delights (that sounds corny, but it really was), and as of yesterday my middle grade novel is officially on submission. I hit 60,000 words on my WIP this week, and in ballet class I'm back at the barre.
Some blog thoughts I'm tossing around (and would love your input on):
- The response to Lauren MacLeod's drawing for a picture book critique from Helene Boudreau has made me realize that there are more PB authors among you than I realized. So I'm planning to do something just for you -- a critique round. Interested?
- I'm thinking a summertime logline something-or-other would be a good way to get early practice for this year's Baker's Dozen, instead of waiting for the logline rounds that begin in October. Thoughts?
- Readership is always growing, but I'd like to see the blog's reach stretch even farther--especially before the Baker's Dozen (which tends to overwhelm anyone who happens upon the blog for the first time during the brouhaha). I'd love to hear your ideas on how to share MSFV with all the fledgling writers out there who don't yet know we exist.
Please bomb my comment box with your creative ideas today! And have a lovely weekend.