Thurday Thoughts: Universal Trail

universeLast week, I talked about forks in the road. This week, I’m looking over my shoulder at my back trail. Strangely enough, so is the Universe. 😉

After reading this bit of insight from the Universe, I look back over my route to publishing. I remember submitting to a small press to print a dictionary of military terms for family members. I made 10¢ a copy and it was really fun to walk into a gift shop on an Army post and see it for sale. I remember my first submission to Harlequin and my first rejection from them. 😆 In a weird way, the rejection was a compliment: my writing was too sophisticated for their readers. Taking a different tack, with a different book, I went to Gold Eagle (which was a subsidiary of Harlequin, surprisingly enough) with the first book in a series about a team of women, formerly in the military and now working for a Washington “think tank” in testing R&D. They loved it but didn’t think women were into action adventure and figured selling female protagonists to men would be an uphill battle. Then life intervened and my career took a different direction. I won’t got through the whole, long story but it involves the Smart Bitches blog, the Brenda Novak Auction for Juvenile Diabetes, and a visit with Patience Smith of Harlequin Intrigue. Those events put me back on the trail to seeking publication and now, ten years later, here I am. So…

Sometimes, Silver, when you look back at the trail you’ve tread, it’s actually hard to believe you were as scared or confused or uncertain as you were, yet still you rocked it.

I say, remember that next time you feel scared, confused, or uncertain.

You’re on fire,
~The Universe
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Works the same for running out of chocolate, Silver.

I was certainly all of those things. Not sure I rocked it, but that’s my own little demon sitting on my shoulder whispering. As for running out of chocolate? Iffy would never speak to me again. 😆 What about the rest of you? What’s on your back trail that you look back and realize you’ve overcome? Yeah, yeah. That’s a “d’uh” question for some of you but all the guides on social media say I need to ask a question to get people to respond with a comment to my post. eye roll

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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4 Responses to Thurday Thoughts: Universal Trail

  1. Yay to you for overcoming and moving on, Silver! You do rock! And yes – there shall be no running out of chocolate. People might get hurt.

    LOL, yeah, you know what my back trail looks like. Someone should put a ‘Road Closed’ sign up on that thing, so no one else travels it. Rutty, bumpy, pothole filled disaster that it is. Funny story – my clinic has a new doctor and I got to see her for my recent yearly. So, we’re talking about stuff, and I’m detailing my medical history. She asks me what I do for a living, and I tell her, and she’s all like “you mean you’re not on disability?” I laughed. It seemed like such a silly question. Especially since she already asked if I was fully recovered and I told her yes. She’d probably fall over if she saw me out in the woods clearing trails and hacking at vines. Disability. Me. ROFL Let’s leave that money for those who actually can’t work, okay? ;o)

  2. Ashlynn says:

    You are awesome at overcoming and shooting for the stars. As my daughter says, aim for the moon and if you miss at least you will land among the stars. 🙂 I believe that’s her fave quote.

    Uh, do you really, really want me to go into my back trail? I don’t even want to look at my back trail. It’s a nightmare. ‘Nuff said!

    We all need to look forward cause I sure as hell don’t wanna go backwards!

    • Silver James says:

      Drummergurl is right! And you have aimed for the moon and now you’re soaring among the stars. I’m so proud of you. You didn’t stop chasing the dream. And you haven’t let go now that you caught it. 😀

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