Author Inspiration and Reflection

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.Well, Thanksgiving’s over. The leftovers are (finally) gone.

Family’s gone, too.

This is one of my favorite quotes, because it reminds me to count my blessings, to rejoice in the positives, to appreciate the good things in life.

If I let myself, I could easily wallow over not going back to Pennsylvania for the holidays or for my daughter going back to school (which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but I miss her). But this is a lovely little nudge to me to be happy, not sad. We had a wonderful holiday and made some memories I’ll always treasure.

This quote came at a good time for me, professionally, too. I not only just finished a book, I finished a series. A beloved series. Saying goodbye to these characters was really tough for me. I’ve written plenty of standalone pieces and another series in addition to this one. But typing “The End” after wrapping up Tortured Soul and the entire Medici Protectorate series kind of gutted me.

Still, I need to remember what Dr. Seuss said and celebrate the culmination of a lot of hard work, not mourn the end of a fun and heartfelt series. And book three, Body Armor, released recently, so I have a while before four hits the shelves.

Besides, I don’t really have to say goodbye. I found a way to revisit the guys. But more on that another time…

So, what do you guys think about saying goodbye? Either to loved ones after a holiday or to beloved characters at the end of a book or series? Or both? Do you drown in the loss or bask in the happiness? Let’s talk about it.

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  1. I usually have those same mixed emotions but there is always something new to plan for which keeps me from dwelling on [and sometimes savoring] those bitter-sweet moments. You and Dr. Seuss always have such good advice. 🙂

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