I wrote a post on my own blog recently concerning change http://www.lizflaherty.com/blog/. I surprised myself with the writing of it because it seems as though I’ve spent my whole adult life trying to avoid changes. Because they’re hard. They’re painful. They make you think when all you really want to do is watch Big Bang reruns and eat sour cream and onion potato chips.
Cases in point…
By the time all my kids were completely housebroken, could drive themselves, got jobs, and carried on the most interesting conversations I’d ever had in my life, guess what? They morphed into adults, moved away, got married, had kids. All good…no, all really great changes, but I wasn’t really ready for that yet.
When writing books, just when I settle into whatever the new trend is and try to give a publisher what it asks for, things untrend and no one really wants to see my proposal for an erotic zombie secret baby marriage of convenience story.
When reading books, things change too fast. I still love reading Americana historicals and women’s fiction about groups of girlfriends, but have trouble finding them. I read the term “boomer lit” the other day and held up my hand yelling, “Here I am! I’ll write it! I’ll read it!” But I think I must have already missed its rise and fall, because I’m not finding it, either.
So, yeah, change is hard for some of us. We can’t keep up. We get a little whiny. (What? That was just me doing that? Oh…sorry.) But, in truth, there’s nothing to stop it or even slow it down, so we…okay, I need to suck it up and accept it. Embrace it.
Cases in point…
I’ve been on a diet for 50 years. I have been at goal weight at least five times for at least three days each time. I’ve finally given up dieting and concentrate on moving more than I want to and eating well—other than occasional potato chips—and even though I’m pretty sure I’ll never hit or stay at goal weight, I have grown to like the me I am.
I’ve been in revision on my next Harlequin Heartwarming book for what seems like years. I’m still in it. But during this long time, I was invited to write novellas for two boxed sets. Indie-published ones. Oh, boy. Novellas? Indie? Me? Was I ready for these changes? Well, I don’t know, but I made them and I’m glad I did. It’s been fun, and here they are.
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Foreword by small town lover and New York Times bestseller Kristan Higgins.
Thanks for reading. And watch for that next change coming around the curve. If you embrace it, like I said, it might not hurt as much.