Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Feelin' Groovy

The only Simon and Garfunkel album I own.
“Slow down. You’re movin’ too fast.
You gotta make the mornin’ last,
Just skippin’ down the cobblestone,
Lookin’ for fun and feelin' groovy…”

Actually those aren’t the exact words to “The 59th Street Bridge Song” but it’s the way I sing it. Don’t ask why. I don’t know. I guess I learned it wrong in the beginning. I suppose I prefer skipping to kicking.

But it’s close. And for me it has great meaning. Even more so now.

One question I’m asked every time I speak about Breathing on Her Own is this: “When is your next book coming out?”

I completed writing a second novel. I have a third and fourth nearly complete and a fifth one outlined. I have two children’s books in the works and continue to do a bit of freelance work.

So when is the next book going to be published? I don’t know. I haven’t even pitched it to a publisher yet. +Eddie Jones of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas says it takes six months for a book to “grow legs.”

Breathing on Her Own was released on March 24th.  It is still an infant. I made a decision to pour myself into the marketing of that book through September. Six months. I considered pitching the second book to a publisher in September and even thought about attending the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference late that month.

Yet, this summer, my husband and I are busy. We are working to ready our house for the market. We have been helping our daughters with childcare as needed. And…we have a life.

We were making one of our daily trips to the home improvement store the other day when Tom asked if I was still planning to attend a writing conference in the fall. When I told him I had decided against it, I could almost see a sense of relief cross his face. However, Tom is not one to hold me back from anything I really want. He suggested I could still sign up and go to the ACFW conference in September if I wanted to do so.


With Our Grands!
I repeat. We are busy. Hopefully selling. Possibly moving. Spending time with our family. Marketing Breathing on Her Own. Writing every day. I want to go to a conference. I want to meet up with a publisher and pitch another book. But I also want to de-stress my life as much as I’ve de-cluttered my closets. I want a sense of peace for both myself and for Tom.

I said, “No, that’s okay. There’ll be other conferences.”

Then it hit me. The song. I tend to sing Simon and Garfunkel when I’m happy.

The urban dictionary definition of groovy is “excellent, awesome, or cool.” Might I add: peaceful?

Tweet me #MadeADecision and #FeelingGroovy.

So, what makes you feel groovy?


  1. Gorgeous bunch of kids and great topic. You are booking along on the writing front and I'm inspired to hear it.

    1. Thank you,Tonia! I appreciate that coming from you! And, yes, they are a great bunch of kiddos! Thanks.

  2. Nothing better you can do than to keep writing new books. Conferences are fun, but they won't propel your career like a new book will. By continuing to write, you are doing just the right thing. Brava!

    1. Thank you, Laura. That's right…keep doing what I'm doing. And I feel so much better for not having that decision hanging over me.


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