Confidence Defined

I’m adopting a new motto, just for today. I may re-adopt it tomorrow, but I won’t think of that now. What’s my new motto, you ask?

“TODAY, I CAN DO ANYTHING!”

My husband has a t-shirt given to him a couple of years ago. It says, “Today, I can do anything.” If you know my husband, you know that fits him perfectly. This man is a miracle-man! He’s gone from a bed-ridden MS patient, to a fully functional, upright, walking, running,  bike-riding inventor who’s working full-time in a machine shop! Wow!

How’d he do it? Lots of little miracles along the way, but a big part of his progress has been his “can-do” attitude. While he was still in the wheelchair, he bought a condo that had 14 steps up to the bedroom. When people asked him why, he looked puzzled and asked, “It has stairs?” Then, he’d grin and add, “Because I can.”

That’s his answer to everything he does, “Because I can.”

What does this have to do with me and my writing? Well, when this sweet man sees I’m struggling, he pulls this t-shirt out of his drawer and invites me to wear it, “just for today.” It’s amazing how much wearing it helps!

So, while I still may wear his t-shirt sometimes, I’m going to try adopting this motto one day at a time. Say it with me:

“TODAY, I CAN DO ANYTHING!”

An Award!

My life as an author just keeps getting better and better! I was notified yesterday that my novel, Lucia’s Lament, has won the IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended Read Award for “superb writing,” “impeccable research,” and “fully-fleshed characters.” I’m thrilled and grateful for such high praise!

Stay tuned next week for the cover reveal which includes the award badge. So exciting!

You can read the Writer’s Block 5-star review here:

https://www.yeshuaandmirinovelseries.com/single-post/2017/11/04/5-Star-Book-Review-%E2%80%9CLucia%E2%80%99s-Lament%E2%80%9D-by-Emily-Daniels-%E2%80%93-A-5-Star-Novel-All-The-Way-Through

 

 

Reflections on Gratitude

I’ve been thinking how quickly life can change. We’re going about our lives, our daily routines, not paying much attention, when suddenly (or so gradually we don’t notice) life throws us a curve ball. Maybe someone we love becomes critically ill, maybe we lose our job, maybe an accident or fire takes away our transportation or home.

In those moments, we gain a new perspective. Those moments bring to our awareness what’s really important… health, family, friends, and security. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn to appreciate those things before they are taken away? Wouldn’t it be great if we could do something each day to take better care of our health? Tell our family members we love them? Show appreciation for our friends? Be grateful for our homes, our transportation, the food on our tables, all the little and big things we enjoy every day but often take for granted?

My goal this week is to find something every day to be grateful for that I haven’t noticed until now. Creating an attitude of gratitude is a choice, one that I’m choosing today!

Follow-up to A Conundrum

Well, my friends, the polls are closed and the votes have been tallied. The winner is…

The Princess!

With one caveat… instead of Gerald being involved in Winnie’s Wish, we will have the pleasure of meeting one of his ancestors. I’m not saying who, but I will tell you that it will be evident where Gerald’s genial personality comes from.

So, on we go, a bit more research, a lot more writing, and before you know it, Winnie’s Wish will be available for your reading pleasure!

A Conundrum

Alas, my loyal readers, I find myself in a pickle. As you may recall, I have promised that Gerald, nurse Lucia’s would-be suitor in Lucia’s Lament, would be given his own story. That story, I thought, would be my upcoming novel, Winnie’s Wish. However, the historical figure who has presented herself as the epicenter of Winnie’s Wish, was born at least 80 years too soon for Gerald to be included in her story.

Thus, the dilemma. Shall I ignore the rantings and ravings of a spoiled British Princess, who wants this book to be about her, in order to continue with our dashing Gerald’s tale? Or, shall I tell dear Gerald to wait, and succumb to the Princess and the intriguing politics of King George III’s royal court in the late 1700’s?

Thoughts? Feelings? Rantings? Ravings? I’m open to suggestions, my friends.

 

Available now!

The long-awaited novel, A Song for a Soldier, is now available in both digital format and paperback! Just in time for Christmas!

Order yours now!

Review:

“I just finished chapter 2 and I’ve already cried real tears and laughed out loud! I can’t wait to read the rest of the book!”                                                                          ~R. Hornsby