Stories that Matter


Okay, I’m back!! After plunging into edits on my latest novel over the past two weeks, I am finished! So ready for a break! Good thing summer is almost here, right?

First things first – I have to announce TWO WINNERS! The winner of Nicole O’Dell’s  The Embittered Ruby, is Elaine Stock. Elaine, let me know how to get in touch with you!
And the winner of my novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, is Caleb Rocke! Ditto Caleb.

So as you can imagine, it’s been a challenging time for me, trying to whittle down words and re-write scenes, all the while wondering why in the world I wanted to be a writer in the first place. 🙂 It’s easy to get discouraged when you feel overwhelmed, isn’t it? I have to admit, I plunged in feet first and then had a major freak-out attack midway through. Suddenly the whole thing sucked. Fortunately for me, I have no problem having a good whine on Facebook, as you do, haha, and soon I had many friends and authors sending me oodles of encouragement. My agent told me to CHILL OUT. And I needed to.

I took a few days off. Sat in the sun. Went swimming. Walked. Played with the dog. All the while my brain was still processing what I had to do, but in a calm, logical manner. I began to believe what everyone said. I COULD DO THIS. When I went back to work on that book Monday morning, I had a plan and I put it into action. And I think I succeeded.

What do you do when you feel snowed under? Do you have a particular place to go to get away from it all? I love to look at the ocean and that’s usually where I spend my time complaining talking to God. He’s a pretty good listener, even though I’m sure He has that eye-roll down pat. One of the big things I got out of my time of angst the past couple weeks was a big reminder of Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  God breathed life into me some almost 47 years ago – He had a plan for me then. He has a plan for me now. He wants me to succeed. Isn’t that amazing? No matter how bad things get, no matter how out-of-control or overwhelmed I may feel, I know God’s got this. And He’ll help me get through.

All I have to do is breathe.

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  1. Elaine Stock on April 30, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Yea! Cathy, I opened your subscription blog post in my in-box this morning because with the title “Breathe” I thought 1) I hoped to see good news that you’re feeling more encouraged and 2) feeling like I have the flu because of severe allergies, I thought your post may end up encouraging me to hang in there. I’m happy to say it’s done both 🙂

    Also, great & fun news about winning Nicole’s book. I’m looking forward to reading it. Having read & enjoyed YESTERDAY’S TOMORROW and having you as a guest on my blog, I know Caleb will very much enjoy your novel.

    You can reach me at: estock(at)fairpoint(dot)net


    • Cathy West on April 30, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Good stuff, thanks! I’ll let Nicole know! Allergies are the worst! Hope you have relief soon!! 🙂

  2. Sherri Wilson Johnson on April 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Cathy, you ARE a gifted writer! And I am so glad to hear that you pressed on and got that project complete. I’m almost finished with my sequel and will get it sent off for approval hopefully this month (May). Still waiting for the final copy for edits on the one coming out in May. Learning to be patient and to remember the plans He has for me. It’s hard not to get ahead of Him. I often forget His timing is perfect. BTW, I’m so jealous of you getting to sit at the ocean to pray. It’s been almost four years for me and I’m dying inside!

    • Cathy West on May 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Thanks Sherri! Yes, I am blessed indeed to live in Bermuda!

  3. Katy Lee on April 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Well said and exacatly what I needed to hear today. “Breathe.”

  4. Cathy West on May 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Thanks, Katy! I’m glad. We all need that reminder once in a while, don’t we?

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