3…2…1…And We’re Off – The Journey Takes A Surprising Turn, Or Not …by Susan Lute

bigstock-railway-28878932Since it’s January 13, 2013 and we’re still here, you might be inclined to say the Mayans were wrong. And the Hopi Indians. And the I Ching. I think I’m going to disagree with you.

What if our esteemed ancient elders weren’t talking about a physical calamity, but an internal one of the human spirit. I’m wondering and here’s why. We stand between two worlds. The old ways struggling to hang on by the skin of their grinding teeth, and a new uncertain future except as visioned in the minds and hearts of a new generation (just look at how out of touch Washington is with The People). As we’ve discussed many times, publishing stands on this same precipice, but we’ll talk more about that in a few minutes.

Many years ago I picked up a book by P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D. titled Beyond the Indigo Children – The New Children and the Coming of the Fifth World. I haven’t read it yet, but I think it just advanced to the top of my to-read pile along with it’s companion book, Indigo Adults – Understanding Who You Are And What You Can Become, by Kabir Jaffe and Ritama Davidson. These books are about the potential of the near future and the human hearts who will inhabit there. At the beginning of this century we were waiting for this cataclysmic change that would change life as we knew it, maybe even throw humanity back to a simpler age – if ever there ever was one. Time has a way of diminishing our memory of what came before.

If we look back, there was a cataclysmic event. It just wasn’t the one we were expecting. The birth of social media, internet commerce and the resulting popularity of the ebook has taken us on a roller-coaster ride reminiscent of the advent of the industrial revolution. So here we stand, aspiring writers, published authors, readers, on the brink of evolution. Again.

Saturday I attended my monthly writers meeting at Rose City Romance Writers, and that’s what starting me thinking. We’re electing a new Board to shepard us through 2013, which is destined to be a year of great change. The change will start in the hearts of writers; business will NOT be the same as usual; publishing a book may be simpler or easier; and there are new buzz words like discoverability to describe how being published will be more complicated and not so easy.

After the meeting, at lunch with fellow writers, I realized there is one thing that hasn’t changed and probably won’t. Whether traditionally IMG_4159 Pushing Throughpublished, published with small press, ebook, or self-published, breaking out of the mid-list is the same today as always. And for me it put new perspective on this journey. Are we…authors…going to claim a seat on the roller-coaster ride of an out-of-control publishing paradigm, our hair pulled out, breath ragged, anxiety pumping our hearts because we’re not good enough, or doing enough to be discovered? Or are we going to step back, take a breath, relax and spend the next year writing the very best book we can?

I’m saying NO to the roller-coaster, and YES! to the best book I can write. How about you? …and thanks to Jessa Slade for sharing her feet one more time.

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Posted on January 14, 2013, in General and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Enjoyed the post. Your timing was perfect as just today I decided to stop worrying so much about whether my story will be accepted by a publisher, or how hard it will be to sell if I go the indie route, and just focus on making it a great book. Too much focus on promotion and selling takes the fun out of the writing. Thanks Susan.

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    • Tammy, it’s a hard decision to make, because everywhere we turn we’re inundated with the call to promotion and marketing arms. Just for awhile I want to put it all aside and see what happens.

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  2. Great Post!
    I’m fascinated with those socks (especially since I’m freezing right now)

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  3. Terri! Long time no see 😛

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  4. I will join you in saying NO to the roller coaster ride (I never liked roller coasters anyway unless they were mild) and YES to writing lots of books.

    On the Mayan end-of-the-world, there has now been researchers and Mayans themselves who have explained the date as the end of a long cycle (5, 125 years) and the beginning of the next long cycle. It is described briefly here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/21/mayans-end-of-the-world_n_2341969.html I find it interesting that an ancient people could perceive of 5,000+ year cycles when today many of us have difficulty perceiving of the next year or decade.

    Even SF writers usually don’t write novels placed 5,000 years in the future. Hard to imagine what the evolution of humanity will entail. Will we finally be moving to other planets and star systems? Will we find a way to save the earth? Will we evolve to be more peaceful? More understanding? Do we need to plan? Or do we need to simply do as the Mayan priests suggest? Say prayers, engage in traditional ceremonies, and remember our roots. For me, it is a lesson in taking one day at a time and trying to only worry about what I can do that day. It’s hard, but it’s something worth returning to as much as possible.

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  5. I’m finishing one book and writing the next! It’s great to be an author in this exciting time!

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  6. I agree with all of the above. Good post!

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