BY GAIL KITTLESON
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.”—Robert Frost
Writers sometimes feel down and out, but encouragement can still find us in those times. For me, this essence slips into my day in small ways.
Maybe I notice something in nature—like this incredible Mountain bluebird my husband snapped in Arizona last month. Or even more earthy, the shape and form in this woodpile.
Often others’ empathy reflects in small gestures, too. Perhaps we receive a card or letter reminding us someone’s thinking of us, or on an unplanned meeting in the supermarket aisle, garner an unexpected hug from an old acquaintance.
Another unique blessing is reading a familiar passage in a different version: this often occurs for me with The Message. For example,
|All this wood together would make good starter for a fire. But alone they can't do much. people who work together can accomplish amazing things, too.|
“... God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” 2 Corinthians 2: 2-4
A new way of wording an old concept—seemingly insignificant, but this different perspective provides comfort and encouragement.
Our task? To keep our eyes open for these “God winks that can easily pass us by if we’re not looking, not noticing. And our fiction characters can sometimes use a perk, too—it’s good to recognize how even our low times provide novel fodder.
What seemingly random encouragement has crossed your path lately?
Bio: Gail taught college expository writing and now facilitates writing workshops and women’s retreats. She and her husband enjoy family in northern Iowa, and the Arizona mountains in winter.
WhiteFire Publishing released Gail’s memoir, Catching Up With Daylight in 2013, and her debut women’s historical fiction, In This Together (Wild Rose Press/Vintage Imprint) released in 2015. She also contributed to the Little Cab Press 2015 Christmas Anthology https://www.facebook.com/LittleCABpress
A World War II series is on the way!
Please feel free to contact Gail—meeting new reading friends is the meringue on her pie, as Dottie would say. Now get a peek at Gail's book.
In This Together blurb:
After losing her only son to World War II and her husband soon after, Dottie Kyle takes a job at a local small-town Iowa boarding house. Her daughter Cora moved to California straight out of high school to work for the war effort, married a sailor and settled down in the Golden State—another loss.
Dottie cooks and cleans, volunteers at her church, and tends her garden. But she hungers to meet her two precious grandbabies on the coast. When troubles arise in Cora’s third pregnancy, Dottie longs to help, but old fears prohibit that arduous, cross-country train journey.
At the boarding house, complications arise that force Dottie to speak up for what’s right, and as her confidence grows, so does the unexpected interest of the widower next door. Dottie has no idea second chances wait right around the corner.
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