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Practice, Patience, and Persistence

As many of you know, I've been writing for over a decade now, but I'm still trying to make the elusive dream of gaining literary representation a reality. And on days when I feel like throwing in the towel, I remind myself of the three p's _ practice, patience, and persistence!

I continually practice my craft, I patiently wait for responses to submissions, and I persistently continue to write and submit despite the pleathora of rejections. I'm not sure if the persistance is due to a belief in myself as a writer, or simple that I'm just too stubborn to give up. Either way, I continue.

And in-between all that practicing, patient waiting, and persisting, I enjoy all that life has to offer. Like ...

My daughters first prom.

Attending Cook Book Club at my local library.

The prospect of new life.

And Reading a book I won in a give-away.

James is a character with whom I have much in common. Because he doesn't read well, he decides to practice in front of a non-judgemental cat audience. One cat in particular ... a cat James names Ghost. Except for the occasional hiss, Ghost is seemingly unresponsive to James presence, but James patiently continues to read. Eventually James's patience is rewarded and Ghost comes out of his box and even lets James stroke his fur. One day James arrives at the pet rescue to find Ghost has been adopted, and although he is happy for his friend, he is also saddened at the thought of never seeing Ghost again. However, when James arrives home, he soon discovers that persitence often leads to unexpected joy!

This book written by Dianna Wilson Sirkovsky with beautifully soft illustrations by Sarah Casilda is a tale that shows the reader hard work and patience not only changes our lives, but often changes the lives of others around us as well.

I hope you've enjoyed a brief glimpse into my week as well as my foray into the kidlit world. I also hope to see you here again next time.

As always, wishes for a week full of wonder!

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