We have a choice in life, actually, we have many choices in our lives. After Heidi disappeared in 1994, I chose to be angry and frustrated with the world. I spent a decade wearing a mask of acceptance yet those who knew me, the one hidden behind the smile and good times, know the tears and pain I really felt. In less than two weeks, many of these feelings will be revealed for all to read. This is a scary feeling yet at the same time, I pray it saves others from wasted time of searching for something or someone to fill the void left from the loss of our loved one.
One thing I learned at a young age, we must be flexible. If you live life so focused on being a certain person, doing everything a certain way, or expecting schedules to function as planned ~ not only will your days be long, you are apt to be cranky a lot. For those who know me, I continue to grow in the area of flexibility at times, especially when it comes to scheduling. I know we aren't guranteed tomorrow yet I like to know my schedule for the next six months. I think this comes from being a third generation teacher. For as long as I remember, our calendar was filled in as soon as the new school calendar arrived in August. A tradition of organization I carry on.
For those living life in the publishing world, you know flexibility is required. Things never seem to go as planned, deadlines seem to be written in pencil at times, and waiting is a must. Where's Heidi? One Sister's Journey releases on April 3...IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS! I thought March would be my "down time". Oh my, I was wrong. I've strived to be on top of, and ahead of the game, as much as I possibly could. Lists are eliminated and new ones are created.
I continue to read blogs and posts of authors, editors, and publishers. Some provide tips and strategies to make one's book launch a success, among other things.
Here are my words of wisdom to other Indie authors as I cross the final days to the release of Where's Heidi? off my calendar:
*Don't try to do it all
*Don't try to do it on your own
*Recognize the doors God opens and closes
*Be prepared for things to change
*Don't get upset over the little things
*Trust God and keep your eyes focuced on Him
*Write from your heart every day
*Don't give up!!
I've decided to share some photos of Heidi and I each day as we lead up to April 3. Heidi is missing but never forgotten ~ A Sister's Journey, my journey, shares kidnapping through the eyes of the sister left behind. I will never forget my sister. I look forward to sharing pictures of Heidi and I, enjoying each other. Memories...Thanks for joining us on the journey.
My heart grieves the loss of a dear friend and hurts for a friend who lost her
husband unexpectedly this past week yet one thing I learned after Heidi's
kidnapping...we need to get our head back in the game.
I miss my friends and sister...
So with momentum of remembrance,
it's time to get my head back into the game.
Call me Gumby!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323