Thursday, December 21, 2017

Anticipation by Terri Weldon

While trying to decide what to talk about the word anticipation zinged into my mind. And for me, it seemed perfect. What two better things to anticipate than Christmas and writing?

During the Christmas season it is so easy to become consumed with cooking, shopping, and decorating that we forget to anticipate the birth of our Savior. I know His birth took place over 2000 years ago and we all know the Christmas story. Maybe we know it too well and maybe we need to be reminded it isn’t just a story.  The birth of Jesus is a miracle and Christmas is a time for us to experience that miracle anew. To celebrate the fact God loves us so much He sent His Son into the world. A tiny miracle that became that world’s greatest blessing.

In a different manner I believe we should feel a sense of anticipation about our writing. I don’t know about you, but when that first gem of a story idea niggles at my brain I’m full of anticipation. Midway through my first draft I may wonder what ever made me think I could write. By the time I’ve finished revising the book for the last time I may never want to think of those characters again.

Do you know what happens then? I send that story out and I begin to anticipate what will happen. I hope and I pray an editor will love it. And in the case of Mistletoe Magic, when I finally saw my first book accepted I felt a whole new wave of anticipation. For once I looked forward to editing and I felt a strong sense of anticipation hoping my editor would like the changes.

Then I anticipated the cover. Next the release date. And then, I’ll admit, I anticipated and feared friends, family, and strangers reading my book. But the entire process was one of joy. God allowed my dream of being published to come true.

Since then I’ve published two other books. I’m still filled with anticipation each time I begin writing another book and I hope I never become complacent about it. But more importantly, I never want to become complacent about the miracle of Jesus’s birth.

What about you? What has you filled with anticipation this Christmas season? What lies ahead in your writing journey?

Misty Winslow is determined to find her prince, and she meets the man of her dreams through an Internet dating service. Or is he, because the new dentist in town also sets her heart aflutter. It's love at first sight for Tyler Davenport, but before he can finish his first root canal, Misty is involved in an exclusive online romance with Wes99—Tyler's online persona. How can he tell her he's the man she's been waiting to meet, and how rational is it for him to be jealous of Wes99! Soon Tyler's pulling out all the stops to woo Misty. As Christmas approaches, Wes99 and Tyler both ask her to meet them under the mistletoe. Which man will she choose?
 
 
Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes – a habit she really needs to break. Problem is they make new, cute ones every season. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has two adorable Westies – or they have her, she’s never sure which. Terri is a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her dream of becoming a published author came true when her novella Mistletoe Magic was published.

 

19 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post! I’m anticipating celebrating Christmas with my sister, friends and Church family! What a blessing! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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    1. Loves to Read, those sound like wonderful plans to anticipate. Merry Christmas!

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  2. I’m a reader, not a writer, but I did really enjoy Mistletoe Magic!

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  3. Your book cover is awesome and I am praying for an awesome 2018 for you, dear Terri. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, Tina! I pray 2018 is a stellar year for you.

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  4. Congratulations, Terri, and much success in 2018! "Anticipation" IS a fun word!

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    1. Cynthia, anticipation is fun! Thanks for the good wishes and I wish the same for you!

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  5. What a great post, Terri! I loved this book! :) I'm grateful we've known each other during these momentous years. Wishing you a fulfilling 2018! Hugs, friend.

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    1. Annette, I thoroughly enjoyed working on Mistletoe Magic with you! You had excellent editorial ideas. Knowing you has been a blessing!

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    2. Such a pleasure for me too! :) Merry Christmas!

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  6. Congratulations on your new book! And what a great premise! All the best for 2018 xo

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! The book is a few years old now, but I still love it.

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  7. Terri, Mistletoe Magic sounds quite clever. I’ll anticipate some relaxing time soon to read your book!

    I do like anticipation....all the possibilities held in the future. I’m looking forward to a simple Christmas and the candlelight Christmas Eve service at our church....some quiet time to appreciate all the blessings of our Lord’s birth.

    May 2018 be a great year for you! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Sherida, your Christmas plans sound wonderful! You have me anticipating some of the same things. I long for some quiet time.

      I hope you enjoy Mistletoe Magic and I pray 2018 is a great time for you.

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  8. Enjoyed this post, Terri! And your book sounds like so much fun! Looking forward to reading it. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018!

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    1. Laura, I'm glad you enjoyed the post and hope you'll enjoy Mistletoe Magic. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  9. Congratulations on your books, Terri. Great post about anticipation. Best wishes for a wonderful year of writing in 2018.

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    1. Tanya, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed the post and hope 2018 will be your best writing year ever.

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