It seems like only yesterday, but it was fifteen years ago today that I slipped a gold ring on the finger of the most beautiful woman in the world and heard Judge Reinhold pronounce us husband and wife. We had both made that mistake before, and we both swore never again. If you had told us just six months earlier that we’d be standing there in front of my daughter and a few friends saying “I do” we would have both told you that you needed your head examined. But when it’s right, it’s right. And for all these years, it’s been so very right. I have not regretted one second of it. I love being married to my best friend!
All my life I heard people say that marriage is a 50-50 proposition, but that’s not true. I see it as a 100-100 thing. If each of you is only giving 50 percent, you’re holding back an awful lot. Terry and I have given each other 100% from day one.
Yes, we’ve had our ups and downs along the way, like all couples have. But every morning for fifteen years, the first thing we say to each other when we wake up is “I love you.” And every night for fifteen years, the last thing we say to each other before we fall asleep is “I love you.” When your day starts and ends that way, life is pretty wonderful. Happy anniversary, my darling Terry. I love you more today than I did all those years ago when you became my wife.
I had about 58,000 words completed on my new Big Lake book but I ran into a problem. As my books often do, things went off on a side road but this time I just couldn’t get it back on track. The new stuff was very good, but it just strayed too far off on a different tangent. After wrestling with it for a week now, I laid awake most of the night trying to work it out in my head and I just couldn’t make it fit together.
Finally I gave up about 8 o’clock yesterday morning, got up and took it all out and saved it as a new file, which I think will be the basis for another book in the series. So now I’m back on track, 15,000 words lighter but with a good start on book five when I get to it. Actually, I made up for part of what I took out, since I managed to write another 4,000 words yesterday and it’s flowing much better now. I should be able to make up for lost time pretty quickly.
People have asked me how long I’ll continue the series and if there will be more to come. Once I get book four done, I have at least three more to go. And who knows, I may come up with a few more ideas before I’m done.
While we’re on the topic of books and writing, today my interview with Suzie O’Connell is on my self-publishing blog. Besides being an excellent writer, Suzie is an accomplished photographer and a genuinely nice person. Check out her interview.