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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Stumble and fall, but rise again

Doesn't it often seem that just when life is rolling in a direction that you can predict and control, it gets knocked off kilter by something unexpected? I know it does for me.
Recently I received majorly disappointing news from my publishing sources. Due to financial difficulties the publishing house had decided not to go forward with a contract.
I found myself really knocked low by this news until I knocked some sense into my head and realized that I should not give up after the first disappointment. After all, that has been a great part of my success in these last few years; I don't give up on my dreams, I look for new avenues or angles by which to attain them.
So I recently approached my publisher with an offer that I think will be difficult for them to refuse. God willing we can move forward as if nothing ever happened.
I say all of this to encourage anyone out there, especially authors struggling in these hard times. Don't give up! We were created to be creative. Think creatively and get yourself out of that self-pity box. Praise God for the good in your life, and then be encouraged by any and all past successes that you've had. Because someday, you will see new successes... that is, if you persevere.
If you stumble. Rise again!

2 comments:

Gillian Adams said...

I'm so sorry for your disappointing news, Scott. I hope it all works out for you!

The title of this post reminds me of a Batman quote: "Why do we fall down? So we can learn to pick ourselves up again."

Star-Dreamer said...

Perfect post for the times... life likes to hit you hard when you least expect it - when you think things are going SO WELL. :P That's what I've learned. But with God's help, you can make it through... it's like you said, he created us to be creative. Prayer and God and creativity... it can take you a very long way. ^_^

Looking forward to hearing more about this new proposition. It sounds intriguing, and I will be excited to see how it goes. God will work it all out... he always does. :D

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"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." -Proverbs 16:24

In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.

I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.