Saturday, March 16, 2013

You Said Everything Would Be Fine



  Winter is Beautiful



Magical



Lonely


A time to rest by the fire,


because outside it's bitterly cold!

 





This is what it looked like when the sun came up yesterday. It appeared we were surrounded by a grey wall. 

 

My husband went out and shoveled. 

 

An hour later...

 

  

It hasn't let up. 

 

For whatever reason, this winter has been especially difficult.  Most days it's grey, cold, and dark. The highways are treacherous. The hour's trip to the city is scary. 

 

 

Back in September I did a shout out about my suspense thriller BROKEN BUT NOT DEAD winning a silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2012, held in New York City.  While I was there doing a reading, I had my picture taken holding my medal. I wrote about it in a post titled "Barbra Streisand's Stage Fright."

 

Winning that medal was a huge deal. It validated what I kept forgetting, that Broken But Not Dead is a damn darn good read. A rocking good read. Still, I was a little sad to leave my medal behind. But I understood why. It was my publisher who submitted the book and paid the entry fee. Still, when I arrived home without it, my friends and family were shocked. Why hadn't I asked for it, they wanted to know. It was mine. I explained that it wasn't really mine because ... blah, blah, blah. But honestly, I was disappointed. I wanted my medal!  

 

Did I mention how heavy it was?

 

Last month, in a post titled Where Home Is, I talked about my obsession with selling our house and moving New Brunswick. I ache to be there with my family. 

 

The comments I received were wonderful. 

 

I hope it's clear how much I appreciate your support and encouragement. I am never alone because of you. 

 

Did I also mention that despite your wonderful support, I was still blue? 

 

A few days ago, my publisher sent me this:

 

   

They had New York ship them another IPPY medal, along with stickers that now go on every new copy shipped from the publishers, telling the world that Broken But Not Dead is an award winning novel. 

You told me things would be fine.

 

"I'll let you know when the house sells."

 

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77 comments :

  1. That's awesome they sent you the medal!! Now you can show everyone. That is a real honor to have an Ippy Award-winning book.
    Sorry about all of your snow. Not that I wouldn't mind, since we are in the high seventies today.

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    1. Shut up! High seventies! LOL. Poor Alex. It's -32 in Edmonton today. Right now it's only -4C. Sorry can't remember what that is in Fahrenheit. 28F?

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  2. How very nice of your publisher to send that to you. I'd want the medal too.

    Good luck with selling the house, it will be easier to sell when the weather is better, won't it?

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    1. You're so right, DG. Who wants to look at houses in this weather! Thanks, eh.

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  3. Beautiful post, Joylene. The ending made me smile.

    I pray the house will sell soon. :)

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  4. Love the medal, so glad your publisher understood how you felt! I love the pictures but understand that cabin fever is hard to deal with. Hope you find the right buyer, and soon it will be spring! Soon!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I'm doing the happy spring dance, just in case.

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  5. So does this make you a heavy medal babe? *snork* Yay for BBND and another yay to the publisher for making this happen.

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  6. Awesome pictures and a good read, also congrats on the gold medal well deserved.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne! BTW, I tried to leave a comment on your blog, (loved the poem from Spain) but it wouldn't let me. I tried again and was denied access.

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  7. Oh my! I'm deeply happy for you Joylene.

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  8. Hey Joylene,

    And you deserve a medal for just being such a gosh darned neato lady! The snow will melt, your heart will sing with the joys of spring.

    Your new adventure with new hopes, will be happening, I reckon, before the apples fall off the trees. Keep smiling and thank you for your kind, supportive interaction in the blogging community.

    Gary

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    1. Gosh darn it, Gary... thanks! Hey--the snow's melting!

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  9. Joylene, congrats on winning, and I'm so impressed that you ended up getting the medal.
    I love these pictures. It appears you are fairly isolated, if it takes an hour to get to town. That must be hard when you get snowed in. It got too warm for me today, 83 in Texas, but from Monday on it will be in the 70s. Nice spring weather.
    Oddly, my Thursday blog starts with a snow picture as I bemoan our lack of the white stuff here. I'm a new MIU author, book coming out this summer.
    I'm sure when spring sets in you'll sell your house. The views are to die for. Very touching post.

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    1. Thanks, Marsha. Best of luck on your new book. It's an exciting time for you, I'm sure. Let me know when it's out.

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  10. We were in the 70s today and had a fun time with the kids at the park. Honestly I miss snow, though maybe not the very long, very cold winters. Hopefully, with March's usually unpredictability, You'll get a thaw before long.

    Congrats on getting your medal back! That's very exciting.

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    1. thanks, Sara. I'm glad your weather is good.

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  11. How stinkin' cool is this? I love it. :D Congratulations, Joylene!

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    1. Congratulations on your book tour, Carrie. Looks like it's a huge success.

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  12. The photos are beautiful, but those gray days would get me down, I'm sure. And driving in snow and ice - yikes! Congrats on winning that silver medal for your book. I was mad when I read that you didn't get to keep it. I'm so glad that publisher made things right! Awesome! Now for your house to sell and a smooth move!

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  13. Great pics, but sorry you had to put with so much snow. I used to live in Northern Illinois and know how much of a pain that can be.

    Awesome on the medal, though, and things like that can always lift the spirits :)

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  14. Congrats! What an awesome award...it should help with those blues, although I'm someone who responds negatively or positively to weather. And while we don't have snow, we do have grim fogs during the winter.

    And hot summers.

    We are at the mercy of it; that's the hardest part.

    Hope you are able to sell your home and move to a place where you feel less isolated.

    Good luck!

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  15. Hey Joylene! Many congrats on this award! I'm so glad your publisher mailed you one!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. Congrats on your book. Can't wait to read it.

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  16. Oh my gosh!!! The stickers and medal are AWESOME! You should wear it wherever you go:-)

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    1. Thanks, Jamie. And congrats on the success of 18 Things.

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  17. Dear Joylene,

    I would want my medal too. Awards don't matter, as much as us knowing our work is good and, in this case, others purchasing the work because they think it's good. But I think it's nice to have this affirmation that there is a wider world of people who have also recognized that you produced work they thought was really cool. Congratulations again, and enjoy the shiny metal!

    Sheffe

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  18. That was such a lovely thing to do! As you know, I've read Broken But Not Dead, and think the medal was sooooo deserved!

    Delightful post :)

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    1. Ah, thanks, Wendy. Sorry there is so much devastating in NZ. Praying you get rain soon.

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  19. HOORAY for awesome publishers!!! :D And you TOTALLY deserve it!!! Big hugs!

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  20. What an absolutely beautiful award! And...OMG...what an honor! For you and the publisher. Mostly, in my mind, for you as YOU wrote it. Your talent and beautiful writing won the award.

    And what a wonderful thing, to now have your own award. What a treasure, Joylene!

    Congratulations, dear friend! Congratulations! And everything is all right, after all. Lovely story.

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  21. Congratulations and what a story Joylene! So glad you have the medal in your possession, very cool. And your pictures are beautiful, however I can see where you might feel isolated:) Best wishes on your every endeavor!
    Your stories are still on my TBR list...

    Cheers, Sara

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  22. Hi, Joylene. That is wonderful that you now have the medal. You deserve it. CONGRATS!

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  23. I do hope you find just the home you are imagining, Joylene, and I'm so pleased that after all your hard work your publisher sent the medal.

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    1. Thanks so much, Carole. I'd like nothing more than a lovely English cottage. But, sadly, that won't be happening.

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  24. You're right. Everything will be fine. Just think about it. After seeing the gorgeous photos, I though, hey, you don't want to move a whole houseful of furniture, etc in the middle of a snowstorm. Once the sun shines, the snow melts, the green grass appears, and the birds are singing...then you'll find your buyer and you'll be happy you don't have to move furniture up and down the snowy steps and walks!

    I'm sure the medal brightened your day. What a lovely surprise. I would hang it around my neck and never take it off! Congrats!!!

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  25. My heart jumped when I saw your medal. I'm so happy for you, Joylene. You earned it, and you should have it. And it's totally awesome how there will be a sticker on each of your books. I'm bursting with pride for you on this side of the screen.

    You'll sell your house. All will work out. It's not knowing when that irks. I'm sending positive thoughts about your house I hope someone out there catches!

    You're right about winter being a bit much this year. We had snow last night and the cold will linger for two more weeks. *sighs*

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    1. Spring is coming though. We're celebrate together in spirit. Thanks, Kittie.

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  26. I'm thrilled for you, Joylene! The medal is beautiful and so very well deserved! I'm glad your publisher saw the merit in getting it for you. Now I want to see a photo of you proudly wearing it!

    As for selling your place... don't despair. There are just four houses on our street. The one on the end has been for sale for fourteen months now. The realtor we have for our son and his wife has commented about it more than once on his visits here: "There is a distinctive place on the market for a home and location like theirs, and it will take the right buyer to discover it." I suspect that's true of your place, too. The right buyer is out there somewhere. It's a gorgeous place and I hope your realtor is saturating all the bigger centres' kiosks and newspapers with ads featuring it as both a great summer home and 'getaway' as well as a year-round one. The more exposure, the more opportunities for that right buyer to find it.

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    1. P.S. Here at the coast we wakened to snow this morning, too!!! (Admittedly there was sunshine later, and by midday it had all melted away again.)

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    2. It's going to get warmer, Carol. Thanks for your good thoughts, Carol. It means a lot, and they're very comforting. Hugs.

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  27. Sorry it's so snowy but great news about winning the medal to begin with and being able to have it! Hope the house sells soon.

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  28. These are amazing pictures! Congrats on getting the medal.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  29. I am sorry you are still feeling blue. Will be praying for you. :) It's been a longer winter than usual here too. Spring has to be around the corner, I'm thinking. Congrats again on the award!

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  30. Awesome! I'm excited for you :)
    And your house will sell, too.

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  31. Hi, Joylene,
    Sounds like a case of good things coming to those who wait. That's an encouraging story. The pictures are fabulous. It's hard to imagine that while we're having sunshiny days that it's snowing where you are.

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    1. Thanks, JL. At least spring is here, so that means the snow will melt. Today the sun's shining so brightly I'm squinting.

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  32. Hi Joylene .. I think you've dropped off my radar - ie RSS for some reason and I can't put you back on .. but for now I'll remember and come back - just tried to reload ... anyway no worries.

    Wonderful photos - can imagine the difficulties ... just sorry you're leaving your Lake, yet can understand your need to be near the family.

    Wonderful award and excellent the publishers have sorted things out for you - isn't that great ... and I still must read it ...

    I'm sure the book will do really well, more importantly your wonderful house and setting will sell - definitely fingers crossed ... big hugs and cheers ... Hilary

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  33. Winter seems to be lasting forever!

    Congrats on your medal (and on the book that earned the honor!). Glad to see you get to keep your prize. I'd wear it everywhere...grocery store, church...it's be my new bling.

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  34. Your winter pictures gave me the shivers. Had to fetch an extra cardigan! Great news about your book. Congratulations. And I'm with Elizabeth. Wear that beauty everywhere.

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    1. Thanks, Lee. I'm starting to carrying it in my pocket. Does that count?

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  35. Hi, cool post, literally !
    Blog hopping,stumbled upon your wonderful blog !
    Take a little of your precious time and visit mine too please; your valuable comments appreciated !
    Happy blogging !

    Rajiv
    www.magicalpresent.blogspot.com
    www.magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks, Rajiv. I did stop and visit your blog. Very interesting. Not something I know a lot about though. Happiness to you too.

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    2. Hi Joylene, hope you will enjoy more this time when you visit my blogs again. Happy to tell you that I updated my blogs with so many posts you sure will find interesting.

      Thanks

      Rajiv
      www.magicalpresent.blogspot.com
      www.magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.com

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  36. First, Wow on all these comments and all the support! :)

    Glad you got the medal. I'm a little surprised they didn't give it to you in the first place.

    No wonder you are in the dumps a little. That much snow, that much cold, that much gray, anyone would fell a little blue.

    Best wishes on the house sale.

    Cher

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  37. Thanks for your beautiful comment, Joylene. Here's to the day we can sit on the stoop and share stories. What fun that would be!

    I also wish this winter weather would take a hike so you could sell your house. Yes, I'm sending good vibes out the right person will ring your doorbell.

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