Encouragement, Family, Inspiration, Wisdom, Writing

Perseverance and Blessings

Perserverance-VIctor Hugo, Novelist
Perseverance-Victor Hugo, Novelist

One of the best things that happen to a writer is when someone judges their work as ‘worthy.’

We get excited, do a happy dance, have an extra scoop of ice cream or glass of wine to celebrate.

I say this so I can move to the next bit of news.

Last Friday, I wrote that I decided to make the full moon, Friday the 13th, a double luck day. A few hours after that post I received an email from the CreateSpace people at Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) contest.

My novel was in the quarterfinals, the top 5% of 10,000 entries but it did not proceed to the semi-finals, which is the top 25.

That e-mail was a crusher. I wanted to delete my last post, say “double luck, my a**.”

But I didn’t.

I continued with my vacation, commiserated for a few minutes with my mom and sister. I emailed my writing hermanas. They sent me texts of support and lit the writing candle for me.

After awhile, I sat on the balcony and gazed at the mountain in front of me. My eyes landed on a heart.

Heart in Mountain-alvaradofrazier.com
Heart in Mountain-alvaradofrazier.com

“Count your blessings,” swung into my mind. “Yes, indeed.”

It’s a blessing to be with my mom, still fairly active in her mid 80’s. It’s a blessing to have close relationships with my sisters and brother. It’s a blessing to have supportive writers who cheer you on and forward. It’s a blessing to go on vacation

After dinner, I watched the full moon rise over a silhouette of mountains while I sipped at a glass of cold Pinot Grigio.

Full moon-Jeffey Sullivan, CC license
Full moon – Jeffry Sullivan, CC license

Over the weekend, I thought about the ABNA. It was a great experience for me.

I had fun, I had hope, and I dreamed.

Nothing wrong with any of that.

Now it’s time for the next steps. Wherever they lead.






Good Luck On Friday the 13th

Honey moon, San Francisco bridge
Honey moon, San Francisco bridge

Did you catch that gorgeous June full moon last night. It was spectacular, not only in fullness but in its color. A warm tinted honey color.

I couldn’t capture it with my camera, but I’ll watch for the Honey Moon again tonight.

It’s not only beautiful, but there is a specialness to a full amber moon on Friday the 13th.

The last time it happened was on Oct. 13, 2000, and it won’t occur again until Aug. 13, 2049.

For those with triskaidekaphobia — the fear of the number 13-it may be a doublly unlucky day.

But a couple of years ago, a woman won a $27 million jackpot in the Michigan Lottery on Friday the 13th.

ER staff say Mondays are more busy than any Friday the 13th.

Time.com says it’s a good day to invest.

So, I’ve decided it’s a doubly lucky day.



“Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.”- Henri Frederic Amiel


Have a doubly happy weekend!