Blessed John Paul II
Every year, around this time, winter seems like it will go on forever and many wish for the warmer days of spring. This is much like the mother with a small baby who longs for her child to grow older so she may get more sleep and enjoy her freedom. For the Catholic writer, we often yearn for the day when our current project is finished.
This month, I’ve already seen some of the most brilliant sunrises of the year. When it is stifling hot in August, I will wish for these cooler days. The years when my five children were small seem like a blur to me, and I yearn to experience their baby giggles and toddler exploits and all those joy-filled moments that made up for any lost sleep.
I’ve been working on my current “work in progress” for almost five years. For the past year or so, it has been going nowhere fast. All of a sudden, in late December, I sat down to work on it and it seemed to come together within a few short weeks. Yet, it didn’t, really. It was in the blood, sweat and tears of the previous five years that has allowed for the final stages to go more smoothly.
It is in these day-to-day struggles that we, as Catholics, not only can grow in our particular vocation, but we can also increase in virtue.
And so…I encourage you to see the positive in every day. Enjoy the winter sunsets, your baby’s smiles and your characters’ exploits.
In CWG news, the Board has recently approved a new logo. Plans are moving forward for the redevelopment of the CWG website. New members are joining. Soon, we will be organizing and planning for the Catholic Writers Conference Live (August 7-9) and the Catholic Writers Retreat in October.
And if I can brag for a brief moment: earlier this week, for the first time ever, ALL SIX of my company’s books (including my four) were simultaneously on at least one Kindle bestseller list for three days! How cool is that? When I first started writing Catholic fiction, a self-proclaimed expert told me, “Nobody buys Catholic fiction.” I guess that self-proclaimed expert had no idea what he was talking about.
As always, if you have a concern, a question or just want to chat about writing or publishing, please feel free to drop me a line: president(at)catholicwritersguild.com
Ellen Gable Hrkach
President, Catholic Writers Guild