The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
Arnold H. Glasow
I sent this around by twitter and facebook to followers to let them know that the e-book for Twist of Fate is ready for posting and scheduled to come out this weekend. What I’ve found while not smashing my egg, however, is that “scheduled” and reality are too very different birds – I’ll post a link once reality arrives!
Still, I’ve also learned how appropriate this saying is … mom and I are older women and our patience wears thin at times. But we have hatched this egg in stages – dreaming up ideas and finalizing plot pieces, then polishing our egg using our own sweat and skills.
There have been many moments of joy — from the simple pleasure of working together as mother and daughter over many lunches and telephone conversations to the excitement of finding a publisher to seeing the book in its layout stages. But there have been just as many times when it would feel great to smash that egg in frustration as life got in the way and deadlines came and passed, leaving promises in the dust.
One of the most important milestones for me personally is that I have learned and accepted that this IS going to happen. That people at my publishing firm are hard at work behind the scenes making it happen, and that when it does, this chickadee will be their pride and joy as well as ours. I have also learned that there are many friends and fellow writers and new acquaintances waiting to see mom and I succeed.
To all of you, thanks for your patience and support. Stayed tuned for the chicken.
Genilee Swope Parente
November 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm
I like that egg analogy (although the visual of polishing an egg with your sweat was a bit too much first thing in the morning!). How many times I’ve been tempted to smash a particular egg in my life, instead of nurturing it through to the hatched stage. I guess it takes more than just perseverence to make things happen, one must do a bit of coddling as well. Can’t wait for your chicken to get through the gate!