Archive for May, 2012

While Waiting for the Big Break

May 9, 2012

I’m well into the draft of novel number six, and it’s going well.   I’ve actually read some books lately, something I was cautious about because I didn’t want to be subconsciously or consciously directed by other authors in my writing.  But I admit that by reading others, I am learning.  But while I wait for my big break  — which is definitely coming — I need to stay motivated, and I’d like to share two stories of how that is happening through  luck or just good karma.

A few weeks ago I was on a walk through my neighborhood and by chance intercepted a nice lady who was also on her walk.  We were on the same pace, going in the same direction for at least a mile, so we walked together and chatted.  About the weather.  About allergies.  Then I introduced myself.  To my surprise and utter delight she asks, “The author?”  Very nice.

Last week I gave a copy of Lakota Dreams to one of the guards who patrols our street.  He’s one-eighth Lakota and had heard I’d written a book about his ancestors.  Well, again I was on a walk, and he’s parked on our street.  He’s reading something.  When he sees me, he jumps out of the car with a look of genuine sadness and exclaims, “Joseph just died.”  Very, very nice.  He tells me he’s loving my novel.  (Joseph is a charatcer in the book who was killed by Pawnees.)

So I stay motivated while I wait.  I’m lucky.