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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I'm a people person. Love to be around people and love even more to watch them. Love interacting and yes, I can be rather opinionated. LOL I'm really active on the HCG forum and one thing I see so clearly anymore is how different we all are.

I'm a relentless optimist. I say relentless because it can be really annoying and I know it. I'm always going to see the bright side. Nothing gets me down for long. Then there are the depressives who only see shadows. These folks drive us optimists crazy and I suspect we do the same to them. These people call themselves realists but they don't see how they aren't realists at all but are full of negativity. Sometimes I just want to shake them and say, "Buck up! You can do this. Things aren't as black as you think." But I sweetly just try to encourage and try to hide the whip behind my back! :-)

While working on my edits this week, I realized my personality makes its way into my work. My heroines are always strong, can-do women. They may not always realize it but they rise to the occasion. And I'm probably always going to write women like that because I like them. I want to be them.

How about you? What's your personal challenge? Do you need encouragement today that you can rise to a challenge?

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Colleen Coble  
posted at 11:25 AM  
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At 11:40 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm exactly like you, Colleen. I'm the eternal optimist. It drives the hubs mad, I think. He's the exact opposite. It makes things interesting around our house. ;)

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I love living with Mel because he's an optimist. I get enough pessimism from my own company all day. Long live optimists!

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

PS: Colleen, your eternal optimism has jump-started me to several good moves in my life. Thank you.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Someone sent me a people watching email from the Wal Mart, and it would burn your eyeballs.

I'm a pessimist, and I think it makes life more fun. But that's me.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I don’t see myself as an optimist, but I don’t see myself as a pessimist either. I don’t blindly go into things thinking they’ll work out great, but I tend to have a lot of faith. Things may not work out exactly the way I’d like, but I expect God to work things out. I’ve never met an optimist who can hold a candle to David Dickson. He just bubbles over with optimism.

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

My Dave is a true realist. He looks on the bright side but he sees potential pitfalls and how to deal with them. He's awesome!

Not sure how being a pessimist if FUN, K. LOL

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Not only is Dave a realist, he's a walking GPS unit. He never loses his sense of direction.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I think I'm smack in the middle of optimism and pessimism. I mean, I don't want to be one of the poor souls on American Idol yodeling until the chandelier crashes to the floor - let's be realistic here. But, I also want to believe I can make a joyful song unto the Lord. See? Balanced. I'm totally balanced.

Except when I'm not ... ;)

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

ROTFL, Jaime!!! Thank you for my laugh of the day!!

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

Colleen, I think the most fascinating thing you said was: I'm a relentless optimist. I say relentless because it can be really annoying and I know it.

Well, YOU never annoy me because I'm a "relentless optimist" too. But I was in my forties before I realized that my personality could be very annoying to people who aren't so, um..."relentless." : ) It was a real eye-opener to me, and it hurt for quite a while to realize that not everyone appreciated my sunny disposition. I've since tried to be more aware of the signs that I'm annoying a certain person, and tone it down around those types. But for the most part I'm learning to take a love-me-or-leave-me attitude. I yam who I yam. : )

I hope you never change! : )

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

It took me a while too, Deb! LOL I thought everyone loved optimism. :0) I think some pessimists think it's put on but we just can't help it. Same with my mothering. I'm a relentless mother-er. Give me time in any group and I'm offering advice and consolation. I just can't help it!

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Michelle V said...

I'm a recovering pessimist and I find I need to take the pessimists in my life in small doses now or they bring me back down to it again. I never realized until recent years that I had grown up in a family of pessimists who alway see the negative side of EVERYTHING and they will quickly point it out to you anytime you dare to be optimistic about something!

And for the record, I love that you carry that optimism into your books & characters!

Michelle V


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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