I remember, back in the day, when Colleen and I read everything the other wrote. Nowadays, our schedules have really filled up -- and there is so much more to writing than the actual writing. That kind of bums me out. I miss the days when writing was simply writing and editing for each other. Life was so simple then.
As we are struggling to coordinate four schedules for the third Smitten, it's been almost comical how difficult it is for the four of us to work out timing. Colleen is off to Cambodia on a mission trip. Diann should be getting out of the hospital today. (WOOOHOOO!) Denise has bronchitis. (Boo!) and I'm jugging four kids with crazy hours of their own.
While it's more difficult, I am so grateful to have these friends to call upon for brainstorming help. I notice how much stronger our ideas become when we bounce them off of each other. I miss the simple life -- but without those old days and the connection, we wouldn't be able to accomplish what we must in a fraction of the time. And that's a good thing.
So if you're in that stage where it feels like nothing is happening in publishing. Enjoy that stage. You're building relationship -- working on your craft and that's a beautiful thing. One day you might look back at the struggles warmly. Trust me on that. : )