This bundle took me by surprise. I had to do a double take. The sunlight wasn’t hitting a certain way to make the petals glitter. It was visible no matter the angle.
I even felt the petals to make sure the blossoms were real, and they were.
I walked away stumped, having never seen glittery petals and having no idea what kind of flowers they were.
The kiddos had a very different reaction. They weren’t surprised at all.
In fact, they said they’ve seen such flowers before.
And, they had a seemingly simple explanation for it.
The glitter embedded in the petals came from watering the flowers with glitter in the water.
That sounds a bit strange and suspicious but possible.
That got me to thinking about where I am in the writing and publishing process.
Given that I’m going the traditional publishing route and publishing companies are very different from what or where they used to be, I’m aware of the expectation that I must convince the agents that my writing is not only worth reading but that it is different and desirable to a lot of people. LOTS of people.
For quite awhile, that sounded like some form of self-aggrandizement, and I wasn’t and am not interested in doing that.
That isn’t to say I’m lukewarm about what I’m doing.
I’m passionate and convinced about gathering people into community and bringing people hope and love, by telling stories, in a world full of suffering, depression, struggles, and battles.
The glitter made me realize that the responsibility is mine, to show that my work deserves the attention or glitter. This stuff I’m doing at the moment, now — putting together a ‘sell’ sheet, writing various synopses of different lengths, and including a good ‘hook’ — is just adding glitter or drawing attention to the important and encouraging stuff that is already present in my writing, in my story telling.
It’s all making more sense, now.