Before we left I had checked my email and that's when I got the word that the editor was interested in my book project. So what's a writer to do? I brought my notebook and pen and worked on my story in the car. We live about an hour and and a half north of my parents so it gave me a nice opportunity to slip away into my imaginary world. It was wonderful to be able to share my good news with my family! It was fun to talk over a some new ideas that I got on the ride down with my stepdad, who has been my consultant for this novel.
The man at the lobster pound gave them a little education about lobsters and even told them how to tell a male from a female. They also got to hold a rare orange lobster. The lobsters were soft shell, meaning they recently molted so they could grow a larger shell, so they were fairly easy to handle. All the grownups in our family are pros at getting at every bit of meat so they had plenty of fine instruction.
And yes, I already have a lobster story in the works that I started last year. You know this atmosphere must inspire! In fact, I have a friend who's husband is a lobsterman several hours further north and have an invitation to do some story research with them.
At the end of the day, I got the news that my own father was taken to the ER with a high fever and headache, this was a few days after surgery. After two doses of morphine he was still in excruciating pain. He has some serious vascular issues so we were very concerned. This happened several weeks back when I had some good news about my book project that I was celebrating. My stepdad was in the hospital oncology unit and then my father was taken the the ER and later had surgery.
It feels like a roller coaster ride, but I think I'd rather liken it to the canoe ride I had this weekend. I'm terribly uncoordinated and whenever I put my oar in the water we just went in circles. So I let my son do all the paddling and just went along for the ride trusting in his ability to carry us over the waters and safely back to shore. Ultimately I know I'm in even better hands than his.
"Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."
What does your life look like now? What joys and concerns do you have?