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Friday, February 4, 2011

Back to Normal

I have to admit I was on about a week and a half natural high after publishing my first book.  The last time I had such an extended feeling of elation such as that was the week after white water rafted the Royal Gorge in Colorado.  The we had the blizzard of 2011, OK, survived it, and now it is back to normal.  The elation is gone and it is back to work moving tires during the day and editing or writing in the evenings.

I can't imagine what it must be like if I had not had the option of E-publishing.  If I was stuck now writing query letters to agents trying to get noticed in the flood of want to be published writers.  Even being published I have had 11 partial downloads of my book, 20 copies downloaded that I gave away to get people to read my work and help spread the word, and two actual sales.  Not a stellar leap into stardom of being a published author.  I don't know if I could survive months of mailing people letters just trying to get somebody to try my book.

Anyway, I started reading a great book, "The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy" by Jon Gordon.  Awesome book with useful information that you can apply and use immediately everyday.  It has really helped me stay focused and lightened my spirits through all the emotions, work and trials I have been through in the last two months to bring all this together.  I hope I remember to get another one of Jon Gordon's books and start reading it before I publish my second book.

Back to normal, the place where we all live day to day.  This is the place where the true magic happens if you let it.  Doing the things you have to do daily.  Doing a little bit everyday to work towards your dreams.  Enjoy your day to day life, because this is the journey, the success, not some distant goal your working to achieve.  Take time to smell the roses, enjoy the sunrises, and sunsets, your loved ones, and your friends.  Be inspired and make your work, play and life exquisite, perfect, and awesome.  Have fun, and suck the marrow out of life and live and love like you have nothing to lose, so when you're old you have absolutely no regrets about how you lived your life.

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