Life, Writing and Deep-Fried Pickles

Life is not always what we want it to be or even expect it to be or wish it to be. Sometimes life takes on a “life” of it’s own and we feel as though we are solely at the mercy of outside influences. Sometimes we fight against the obstacles that have been placed in our way, other times we dodge around them. But if we’re very lucky, we can follow along the path, kind of go with the flow and not allow those obstacles to throw us off course. Yes, that can sometimes be boring and difficult as old heck, but there have been many times when I’ve just had to let go and allow life to happen–at least for a little while- simply because there was absolutely nothing I could do to change it. Sometimes acceptance is our best friend.

Just a few days ago, a friend and I spent time together, talking and laughing and enjoying the view. We didn’t solve any world problems but sometimes a shared burger and deep fried pickles is all that’s required. I was able to let go and enjoy our outing and sometimes that is the best thing a friend can do. I have missed not having “real” conversations. Text messages are simply not the same.

I have much to be grateful for and those are the things I’m trying very hard to concentrate on at the moment. I’m anxiously awaiting the publication of my next middle grade novel and just last week an ARC came to my mailbox which means that they will be sent out to reviewers and hopefully, it will receive a few early reviews before the publication date in November. This is it, Lark Harnish is now available for preorder through Amazon and apparently receiving preorders is a good thing, although honestly, I don’t really understand a lot when it comes to Amazon. It can also be preordered though Chapters and your local independent book store.

This summer, I have been hard at work on a first draft of another adult novel. If all goes well that first draft will be finished in a week or two. My plan is to let it sit then for a few months while I get back to work on my next middle grade novel. For me, writing sometimes requires me to pull away from the story and allow it to simmer and trust in the Universe to let me know when it is ready to start writing again.

As August slips slowly away, I am trying to enjoy each day as it comes, going along with life’s flow, putting my thoughts and ideas into words. Life gives us mountains and valleys–all of us. None of us are immune. Sometimes all that is required is for us to enjoy the deep fried pickles that come our way and let go of life’s worries.

I hope your summer is going well and may the path you’re following lead you to where you need to go.

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  1. I so agree, Sometimes acceptance is our best friend. It took me many years to realize that. Congrats on the upcoming publication. I have pre-ordered. Look forward to reading it. I think the key is to keep on moving. xo

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  2. You know me – I rarely accept that “acceptance is our best friend.” Just my nature, but I do sometimes wish I was better at accepting the path before me, rather than fighting it to turn in the direction I want (need)! Lovely chatting by screen last night. One of these days soon, it’ll be face-to-face:)

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    • While I’m not suggestion that acceptance always need to be out best friend, for me, there have been times when that seemed the only solution if I wanted to get a good night’s rest. 🙂 Thank goodness we are not all the same. I agree, the chat was so nice. I feel as though I was a bit cranky, however, LOL… Face-to-face in the future would be welcome.

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  3. Angela Wilson

     /  August 30, 2022

    Now I want some deep fried pickles!

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    • Ha! I was pleasantly surprised. It was the first time I had them. It sounds as thought you might be an experienced deep fried pickle consumer. 😉

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      • Angela Wilson

         /  August 31, 2022

        I have not experienced deep fried pickles yet. Haha. I saw the recipe on Pinterest. So I am going to have to satisfy my craving! Haha

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        • Go for it! You may be pleasantly surprised. At least I hope so. My friend bought them and, while I had a few, I’m sure I’ll not have any again. Just because. It was an experience I’m glad I had. 😉

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