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January 2021 Update

January 2021 Update

January 2021

Three publishers now have my manuscript in the pile on their desk or in an email folder. Due to the volume of submissions publishers receive, many only respond to projects they are interested in publishing. Evaluation time can typically take three to six months. I wait…

Through my window I watch the snowflakes fall and I know that nature is also in waiting. The squirrels in my back yard playfully and confidently jump from one branch to another, from one tree to the next. “Take a lesson from the squirrels” I tell myself. The present moment is so important. Take one jump at a time. Where will I jump next? It is time to make a new list of publishers and send out another round of proposals.

My wish for you…
May you jump into the new year playfully enjoying the present moment, and confidently knowing that spring will come.

Yolande

October 2020 Update

October 2020 Update

October 2020

Fall is a perfect time to learn about the concept of non-attachment.
Observing the beautiful colours of fall, I watch the leaves as they detach from the branches. The tree lets them go without resistance. The leaves, carried by the wind, will land wherever they may and will become nourishment in the soil for new growth in the spring.

A thought comes to mind. The time has come to let my book go. I do my best to take a lesson from the tree. I release it, believing it too will fall where it may and perhaps bring hope to someone, somewhere in the future.

I have moved on to the next phase and I am now seeking a publisher. Although I have doubts and fears, I choose to focus on the wise words of a well-respected author from my writing group. “Be prepared for long waits and plenty of rejections” he shared with me “and also know there is a publisher wanting your book.”

Be well, stay safe and enjoy the beautiful colours of fall.
Yolande

July 2020 Update

July 2020 Update

Hope you are well.

The second draft of my book is done. It is now ready for a Manuscript Tune-Up, a third round of editing.
It has been two years now since I began writing. Images of tossing a bottle into the sea drift through my mind. The bottle is tossed to and fro by the waves, knowing not where or when it will come ashore. And so it is with a book. One tosses words upon a page and lets it be carried on waves of doubt and fear, but also on waves of hope and longing to make a difference. As the message in the bottle eventually reaches a sandy beach; I wonder where, in the end, my book will land.

Thank you for your continued interest,
Yolande

April 2020 Update

April 2020 Update

Hope! 

 

I simply want to offer this poem.

NOT CANCELLED

 

Not cancelled!

Ours thoughts

Our imagination

Our creativity

 

Not cancelled!

Breathing

Smiling

Living

 

Not cancelled!

Beauty

Wonder

Possibilities

 

Not cancelled!

Love

Sharing

Caring

 

Not cancelled!

Service

Hope

Miracles

 

Also not cancelled is my book.  As planed the last four chapters have been submitted to my coach for review. I am now waiting for comments. Then I shall rewrite and I will have completed the second draft.

 

Hoping that spring sprouts new life in each one of us!

Be well!

Yolande

 

January 2020 Update

January 2020 Update

May your New Year be happy and may you be showered with blessings of health, peace and love.

I have confidence that each of us can contribute to the happiness and well-being of others. Scientists tell us that everything is energy, that we are energy. I believe that just as our energy can be depleted by being around people whose energy and thoughts are negative or low, our energy can also be boosted by those whose energy and thoughts are positive and vibrate at a higher frequency. My energy is boosted by your positivity and hopefulness that this book will one day be released.

I feel good about the progress of my book; so far, eight chapters have been reviewed by my coach. His comments and remarks are very helpful and inspire me. I plan to submit four more chapters for review before the end of March.

As we begin a new year, and I continue to revise and write the second draft of my book, I want to thank each and every one of you for boosting my energy!

In gratitude,
Yolande