I started writing Summer Ray back in February of 2009. It has grown beyond what I first imagined it would. In fact, my first book – Summer Ray A Gettysburg Untold, is the original Summer Ray book. It is out of print. But, it is amazing to me how much we have grown over the years, and the truly wonderful people I have met along the way. I have a lot of the older book covers too. The point is, I kept going until it was done right. There may have a been years of trials and errors, but I am happy with the book covers now as they all represent the same series.
The 7th book Summer Rose, is looking to be the start of the spin off! I first thought it was going to be the end of the series, but nope! It seems there will be more books in the future. This is good news for a network who would want to pick us up and air our franchise. The first 90 minutes, some would say is our, “pilot.”
I am working on the script to, “lock it down.” This doesn’t mean the Director won’t try and adjust it a little. But, I am confident we have a clean script that allows for the next script to be joined shortly after. Sometimes, in order to see the progess, you need go back to the beginning. I have been faithful to this series because I believe in it. I am 100% convinced that God has a plan for it and I just have to continue putting one foot in front of the other and not whine and complain at how long it is and has taken. God knows the perfect timing to fund it. He knows the perfect time to release it. I just have to continue to trust in His timing and continue to work this out. I mean, look where we started to where we are now.
I’d say that progress has and is being made. I’d say we went from amateurish: “incompetent, inept, useless, unskillful, inexpert, amateur, clumsy, blundering, bungling, bumbling, botched…” To professional:
expert, accomplished, skillful, adept, masterly, masterful, excellent, fine, polished, finished, skilled, proficient, competent, capable, able, efficient, experienced, practiced, trained, seasoned, slick, businesslike, deft, dexterous.” What I love the most is the definition “polished.” “Shiny, shining, bright, glossy, gleaming, lustrous.”
But what is so important to understand is the simple fact that in order to shine, you have to be rubbed. Think of a car that is being waxed. It has to be rubbed to get that shiny gloss finish. There is a monument up on Little Round Top of Col. Pat’k H. O’Rorke! And just to prove my point, I went up there and took his picture. His nose has been rubbed worn. But it is shiny, bright and the some consider it to be “lucky,” if they rub it. Other parts of his face are still dark and dull. But, not the part that is rubbed. So, year after year, day after day, and month after month, people come up to Little Round Top and rub this guys nose. I think I may have once or twice myself!
So, if you feel like you are being rubbed warn, don’t give up. It is the process of making you a shiny, new professional. You can quit and stay dark and dull. Or, you can press through and make it to the finish line as a lustrous, gleaming and radiant winner!