I bought something when I was out at Wal-Mart last week. At first, I debated whether or not to put it in the cart, as I wasn't buying it to use right now, but for a later purpose. The item in question was a pack containing an oven mitt, hot pads, and kitchen towels and they were of HOT AIR BALLOONS!!!!
Right away, I thought: This would be a perfect giveaway item for my book launch party for A LOVE TURNED BITTER (in which there are hot air ballons-- bada bing!).
Yes, that's the book I'm currently drafting. So no, it's not done, not revised, doesn't have an agent, and most definitely, doesn't have a book deal.
I've been writing for eight years with the goal of getting a book published. Some days it feels like it's never going to happen. Yet I know if I keep trying, it will. I've already had some successes (three short story acceptances!), and can see that I'm growing and learning and getting better.
But still...there's the waiting. The time it takes to craft a story worthy of being sent out into the world. The querying, and then: repeat. And repeat again, and again, and again, as many times as necessary.
This then, is how I sometimes cope with all the waiting: I think of the future. I dream and plan. I create secret boards on Pinterest for book launch parties for each of my books. I save author newsletters, noting what I like about them, for the day I, too, will get to send them. I participate in this great community of writers, finding friends, and trying to be helpful.
I know it's only a matter of time before I reach my goals. The eight years (and however many more) that I've invested will not go to waste. They are just the crucial stepping stones to the place that I want to be.
So in the meantime, I buy hot air balloon kitchen towels. Aren't they the cutest?
And turning it over and seeing this, was the icing on the cake!