This post was supposed to be a book trailer.
That’s what my calendar has scheduled and those words have been glaring at me for months, literally. It’s not often that, as an author advertises and talks about her upcoming book, you hear about the stumbles that happen along the way. But I’ve always felt that you all are part of this journey with me and this is as much part of the trail as the rest of the process.
I have video of my niece dancing in an aspen grove, a voice recording from Nick, who did the fantastic recording for The Adventure, a flute recording from my best friend, and even half a dozen sound clips waiting in a folder for background sounds. All of this was to mimic a key scene in Quaking Soul. My sister has waited patiently for me to give her direction on how to put all the pieces together. (She was the amazing master mind behind The Adventure trailer as well.) But no matter how great each piece is, when put together, they do not make a whole.
The hardest part for me has been accepting that the trailer just isn’t going to work the way I wanted it to. I’ve agonized over getting it right. Getting the vision to come together into reality.
But here’s where it hits me. This post landed on today of all days. Thanksgiving. And I can’t help but look at everything that went into this non-trailer and become distinctly aware of the amazing people who put effort into something simply because it mattered to me.
This year has been anything but expected and it’d be easy to fall into the trap of thinking this year was terrible because it did not play out as I hoped. But there is so much good muddled in the crazy. And I look at Quaking Soul and find it’s a small piece, a glimpse, of the gold made from the fire because it represents all those people who care. Let the ashes float away on the wind because what truly matters, the people, remain.
Thanks for listening to my ramble. You all are part of the gold.
P.S. Quaking Soul publishes this Monday. Thank you to everyone who has helped make that possible!
15 thoughts on “Perfect Timing”
Thanks for sharing. Plan B sometimes fines itself at Z by the time things fall into place. Being flexible is great because you never know what is coming. Looking forward to reading a new book here soom.
So true! It’s amazing sometimes how often you have to adjust your plans but that’s life 🤪 keeps us on our toes.
Sorry your book trailer didn’t work out, Jennifer. But it’s great that you have so much to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂
By the way, my newsletter goes out on your launch day and I’d love to include your book, if that’s all right! Do you prefer a link to Amazon or the book page on your website? 😉
Happy Thanksgiving, Naomi!
I would love for you to include my book! As for your question, is there anyway you can include both links? I get a much better return on orders off my website but preorders have been great and my stock is low. (More on the way, but they won’t be here by Monday=).
I’ve been meaning to ask if you’d like to do a swap and help each other advertise our writing. I could do a post highlighting The Silver Queen and The Lunar Dragon. Is there anything you’d like me to include?
Sure! I can use your preferred link in the title (whichever it is) and include both at the bottom of the blurb. 🙂
That would be awesome, thanks! Aside from the Amazon links, a link to my newsletter signup page (below) and maybe my Instagram and Facebook profiles would be nice. Thanks so much! 😊
Sounds good. I’ll set up a post for this coming week 🙂
Here’s the link for the book on my website:
Thank you so much! Can’t wait! 😊
That post was really beautiful, well timed, and grace-filled. Good to know that you are unwavering (not quaking?) on the mission, but flexible in the plans. 🙂
Lol =) I like your word pun. Thank you for being one of those amazingly supportive people!
Just love your writing and the way you so freely share some stumbles, too 🙂
Every adventure has it’s difficulties 😉 I’m glad I can share them!
So thankful you are willing to be “flexible” and available for His direction. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 Cheering you on!
Have to be flexible or I’d quit before I got anything off the ground! 🙂
This is the best!! Can’t wait to get our books!!
Thank you for all the support!! 🙂