Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gathering Ducks

I like ducks. Look at these little guys and tell me you didn’t at least think about cracking a smile.

What do you think they’re talking about? Maybe how good the fishing is? What are the best products to maintain their excellent coifs? 

Check out this snazzy little thing:
Thanks to Rex for snapping this.
Pretty incredible.

Ducks really don’t have much to do with this post, other than me giving the fleeting statement that I like for my ducks to be in a row. (Metaphorical ducks, not actual ducks. I don’t want to control wildlife. I’m team nature.) Right now my metaphorical ducks are hanging out all over the pond, just being ducks. 

The ducks I’m referring to are story ideas, projects, and dreams. I’m basically trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Because I’m certainly not there yet. Heck, I’ve been sleeping in dragon pajamas for the past three nights.

I’m not even kidding.

I’m trying to figure out what I really want to do and where I need to focus my attention. The Ransom Series will always hold a special place in my heart. But it isn’t, and never has been, the only project I want to work on. Honestly, I’m struggling to write book three, Reign of the Judges. Supernatural fiction and fantasy require intense creative stamina. I guess that little duck is on the far side of the pond right now. While he is over there exploring the reeds and hanging out with turtles, I’m just going to spend my time with the ducks that aren’t so aloof. I can’t say at the moment what those ducks are, but they are currently making me happy and stretching me to dream bigger.

I think sometimes it's freeing to admit that we don't know what the next step is. I don't have to have everything figured out and plan every single aspect of the journey. The only thing I'm certain of is that whatever I do, I want to use my platform and my voice to remind you that you are awesome. I want to cultivate a sense of community where you can know that you're important. That you are valuable. I honestly don't care if it sounds cheesy or sappy. There is too much negativity out there and if a picture of me in my current favorite pjs can put a smile on your face, so be it. If I can throw a happy quote, a wish for a good morning, or pleasant thought your way, I want to do it. 

Because I believe we are all here for a reason. 

And we are all in this together. 

Having everyone know their worth is more important than any story I could ever write.

Now, if anyone needs me, I'll be wading into the pond and seeing which ducks have a hankering for some Autry toes.