Another year has past and I still have no book published. It is very discouraging, but I do not lose faith it will happen. I just seem to be between a rock and a hard place. Most book publishers are not accepting new books for submission. I think it is because of the book evolution of e-books, etc. I do not know this for sure, but it makes sense to me. The other factor is there are a lot of publishing houses which will not accept first-time authors without them having representation by an agent. Of course, I do not have an agent because I cannot afford one.
There is always the thought of self-publishing, but after researching this method, I simply do not have the funds it would cost to do it right. I thought of doing a GoFundMe account, as many have suggested, but let's get real ... if you cannot get people on your Facebook to share a simple post, then how in the world are you going to get them to share a GoFundMe page for you? During the early stages of my sister's breast cancer, I established a GoFundMe account for her. I have almost 300 people on my Facebook page ... not counting the additional private groups I have ... and maybe ... maybe ... a handful helped me out ... helped my sister out ... with sharing the page so we could get word out there and increase her donations. The same with the fundraiser page I requested people to share. I practically begged people to share so we could get the word out about the upcoming event and nothing! I have never understood people's reluctance to help a person, an organization, a small business, or whoever get started. It only takes a simple click of a button to help another, but yet many will not do it. Hitting share is not an indication you support whatever it is, but I see it as a means to help bless another. I share every post I can that will assist someone ... get word out to help a business grow ... or whatever the cause may be. I do not understand the reluctance of others to do the same. Of course, I do not share things that are offensive or would help to hurt another, but whatever I can do to help another brother or sister grow or meet a need, I do so. With this being said, setting up a GoFundMe page would be fruitless if all it will do is sit on my Facebook page and look pretty. I will enter another year leaving it in God's hands and praying for favor. I keep telling reminding myself that His timing is not our timing. It does get very discouraging, especially when you are full of ideas for other books. How can I inspire myself to write when it sits on my computer and never goes any further?
I do have a few faithful followers on my blog for which I am very grateful, but even here, sometimes I find myself getting discouraged. I share everything I write on two different sites, but again no one shares to help me grow my website. I get no feedback ... no prayer requests ... maybe 2 or 3 likes and that is the bulk of it. It makes me wonder if it is all worth it. Have I read the Lord's will for me wrong? Am I really the writer I sense He is telling me I am? It does not really matter though because I would never stop writing. It is part of who I am. The desire to do so is embedded in my very soul.
Ok, you have heard enough of my 'pity' speech for one day. Let's focus on the positive side of things. There is always a positive side if we choose to find it. I refuse to remain on the pity pot and allow satan to rob me of the truly important things in life. My family is healthy ... my children/grandchildren are all doing well ... I am blessed with a great church family, good health, and a job. God is truly supplying all my needs.
How is your Christmas shopping coming along? I have just about wrapped mine up. I did most of it ... like 98% of it ... online. The idea of going into the stores and fighting the mob is not very appealing to me this year. I have had quite a few individuals share with me how they did their shopping online also. It just seems to be the best option for most. It is definitely the most convenient. Years ago, when others would tell me they did all their shopping online, I thought how impersonal. I like to give thought to each gift I purchase. Now that I stepped out of my box and gave it a shot, I have come to realize I can be even more personal with online shopping.
Today's is my baby sister's birthday. I wish I could spend the day with her, but I will have to settle with talking to her via telephone. I cannot afford to take a day off right now. We had a person leave this week for personal reasons. Their sudden retirement saddened me as I will miss them. However, they reassured me we would still be in touch and do things together. I am going to hold her to that promise. But, her absence has left a lot of work to do so I cannot afford to be out of the office at this time. I would not want to put any additional burdens on anyone I work with. I enjoy my job tremendously and I love doing what I do. I am still learning even though I have been there for awhile. It is a never ending process, but I find it interesting and challenging.
I made a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup last night, and it was so good! I love soup in this weather. Today myself and another co-worker are going to start doing 7.2 faithfully. We are going to inspire each other, and I am looking forward to it. The 7.2 products do work and they so improve your everyday health. I just needed another to walk with me on this path as it is both encouraging and uplifting. Things always work better in two's! I will keep you posted on my progress. One thing I can share is that the original 18 pounds I lost the first time I did 7.2 faithfully, I have never gained back. This is so awesome!!!! Check out the materials and products on my website janetnicholson.sevenpoint2.com.
You will be surprised at what you will learn!
Ok, peeps, I have to run for this morning. I have some things I need to take care of. Please continue to hold me up in prayer as I am in the midst of a battle and I am still facing the challenge I have discussed in previous blogs. The enemy is attacking me on a very personal front, but I refuse to allow him any more room to maneuver than I already have. I am casting my concerns and worry daily at the foot of the cross, and I ask you pray for me also.
Be safe today and be a blessing to someone!