I started my list and wrote that one thing down. Then I waited. I wanted each thing to be very special. Something that makes me smile, something that gives me the warm fuzzies, or just something that really, really makes me go WOW!
It took me several weeks to complete my list, but I did it just in time for this blog post. I know that during our discussion, I'll think of many more random things that make me go wow, but because we're celebrating 7 years here in Seekerville, I'll be good and stick to the 7 on my list.
1. The St. Louis Arch, but not just because it's the ARCH...
2. Phone call from Kim...
A couple of weeks ago, I got a phone call from a young wife and mother who's been been going through a tough time. Her husband was in a car wreck over a year ago, and he's still having a lot of healthy problems from his injuries. Our community rallied around Kim and her husband and raised money to help with their medical expenses. I donated some bundles of Christian fiction to be auctioned off, but sent a copy of my book to Kim herself and encouraged her to take a few minutes for herself, to read and relax for a bit. When she called, she was bubbling over with excitement about how much she'd enjoyed the book and wanted to know where to find my next one. Sure, I was glad she wanted to read more of my work, but I was MORE blessed and WOWED that my fictional story took her away from the overwhelming stress that she and her family are facing right now. Keep my friend Kim and her husband in your prayers.
3. New Book Covers
Seeing a new book cover for the first time is just an amazing experience. When that cover lands in my inbox and I get my first peek at it, I get that giddy feeling that makes me want to run outside and shout, "Look, I have a new BOOK COVER!" ... Never mind that I live half a mile from my nearest neighbor and the the cows and the dogs are my only audience.
4. Typing "The End!"
I'm at the point in my current wip that typing THE END seems like a pipe dream, but it will happen. I know it will. And I'm not just talking about THE END after I've hammered out a rough draft, but THE END when I know that I know that I KNOW I've nailed that story to the wall. That makes me go wow. We won't think about edits... not today!
5. Emails like this one from Deborah...
"Just finished reading"Claiming Mariah" and wanted to let you know what an awesome read!! I thoroughly enjoyed the book, couldn't put it down, and read it in one day (in between household chores)! I really enjoyed the authentic details and the conversations between characters was so real, just like people really talk! Looking forward to your future works...God bless you as you proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ!" Deborah6. Satisfied readers. Client bought Claiming Mariah at a craft fair on Saturday morning. He wasn't too sure if he'd like it...was afraid it might be too heavy on the romance, but I assured him that several male readers had read it and sent word that they enjoyed it. Client decided to bite the bullet and buy the book. He finished reading it in less than 48 hours and sent me the following email:
"I finished CLAIMING MARIAH yesterday afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and now I'm waiting on STEALING JAKE." Client
7. Group pictures of Seekers and Friends of Seekerville!
Well, I started with the Seekers and I ended with the Seekers. Honestly, it doesn't get any better than that. :) So, what about you.... Quick, give us 7 random writerly things that make you go wow!
And if you can't think of any, here's something to get you excited. I'm giving away 7 copies of The Evergreen Bride today. Ebook only, for Nook or Kindle. Just let me know in the comments if you'd like to be in the drawing for THE EVERGREEN BRIDE!
The Evergreen Bride by Pam Hillman. Mississippian Annabelle Denson dreams of visiting cousins in Illinois and seeing a white Christmas. In the face of her excitement, Samuel Frazier hides his growing affection for her behind a quiet smile and a carpenter’s lathe. Samuel starts to worry that if she goes, Annabelle won’t return. Can he convince her to stay?
The Evergreen Bride is also available in the White Christmas Brides Collection, exclusively at Walmart. Keep your eyes peeled and give me a shout-out on Facebook if you spot it. Copies are scarce as hen's teeth!