16 September 2009

Wednesday Wishing Well

When I was a kid, I couldn't pass a mall fountain without tossing a penny into the bubbling, chlorinated waters. Perhaps it was the novelity of seeing a fountain with sparkling pennies at the bottom. Or just the novelty of going to a mall. I still don't frequent shopping malls. I'm not a fan of rude crowds of people, elbowing their way through others just to get another peice of junk that will likely be forgotten in another month or two. But when I was younger, shopping malls were amazing things. All those stores in one place! And all those opportunities to make wishes. I was convinced those wishes would come true. Come on! I paid a whole penny for it, something had to happen, right?

I'm no longer a kid (well, not on the outside, anyway), but I do still believe in wishes. Sure I know all the psycho babble of making goals and not just dreaming because goals have foundations and dreams do not. Yes, yes, this I understand. There's something magical, however, about wishes. Something that goal sheet or a business plan just can't conjure up. In all their practicality and work now ethic, they just can't touch the feeling I get when I step outside on a crisp winter's night, wink back at the stars and make a few dozen wishes.

We all have wishes, especially as writers. We wish we'd get published, we wish our dream agent would call. We wish that character would stop hiding behind the gardenias and take their beating like a man!

I wish for an agent I can work with for a lifetime (or at least the lifetime of a couple of series).
One that will care about my work as passionately as I do, who will help guide me to the right editor and publishing house that will benefit us both.

I wish for a publishing house that will actually care about my work, not just another sale or numbers in a big, black book.

I wish for my books to be given wings, to fly around the world and touch the hearts and imaginations of millions.

I wish that a child, aching from loneliness, will pick up one of my stories and realize they aren't so different after all.

I wish for days when I can get up, putter about on line, make a pot of coffee, and wander up to my writing room where I'll stay for a good four hours working on my latest novel.

I wish for a career as endearing and prolific as Debbie Macomber, Susan Whittig Albert, Laura Childs, Madeleine L'Engle and Beatrix Potter.

What do you wish for?


Kristen Torres-Toro said...

I wish that for you, friend! And for me as well.... :0)

By the way, malls currently are just as magical simply because there's no one in them right now... the economy stinks, after all. Last week, I went to the Mall of Georgia and literally saw only 10 shoppers in the entire building--at 11:30 in the morning!

willow said...

May all your wishes come true! :)

ElanaJ said...

There is something magical about wishes. Throwing pennies into a fountain or wishing on stars brings a sense of wonder. Which is the same thing reading a book can do. Which is why we write books, hoping that we can provide that magic for someone.

You have great wishes. I hope they come true.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wish you all the very best !!I will pray to my almighty to fulfill all your wishes !!Unseen Rajasthan

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

i wish for all your dreams to come true!

"As A Man/woman Thinketh, So Is He/She"

"What the mind can see is as it WILL be"

" Visualize and you will realize"

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I love your wishes!

I wish my books some longevity in the market or on library shelves.

My kids always ask for pennies for the fountains and I never turn them down. Without wishes, how can we grow?

Mystery Writing is Murder

Ratty said...

I remember, from when I was just old enough to walk, the wishing well at the zoo. I loved looking at all of those coins down there at the bottom. The fountain was a big statue of a bear.

Terresa said...

Great wishes...I share many of the same ones. As a Children's Librarian, I've often held books and wondered what mine will look like some day.

May all your wishes come true. And by the looks of it, you are very well on your way.

Helen Ginger said...

Great wishes. I hope they come true for you (and for myself and so many other writers). It's been ages since I threw a penny into a fountain. The next time I come across one, I'll for sure toss one in.

Straight From Hel