Hold On

Hold on I say, don’t ever let go,
of that ember of hope waning in the night.
You can’t let it grow cold and … die
simply because you’ve grown too tired to fight.

Though you may be wounded, broken, defeated,
hold on I say, don’t ever let go.
And when the fear of losing grows
close to taking your freedom—say no.

Hold on I say, don’t ever let go,
though it’s hard to see happiness in sight.
It’s waiting to shine out the lies of the darkness.
The truth … a sputtering ember … a hopeful ray of light.

—Barbara Hartzler

I wrote this poem back in college and stumbled across it recently. Enjoy the throwback from my beatnik days.

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Fitzgerald Road Quote

Some fitting encouragement to brighten your day. This quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald really spoke to me as I start brainstorming for a new project this week.

Why a new book? Because my release date has been pushed back. So I’ve decided to move on to one of the great ideas I’ve been saving up for a rainy day—a dystopian novel about two sisters, a futuristic society, and a massive underground fallout shelter.

I’ve already had tons of fun hashing out ideas for my next novel. We’re still working on tough-sounding character names over on my Facebook author page. Plus, I had a fabulous coffee date with my brainstorming buddy. It’s funny how much gets accomplished on a rainy day.

Have you experienced a setback recently, or found yourself redirected? Share your story and encourage the rest of us. 🙂