Monday, November 24, 2008

What's most important...

Welcome to my blog, a public diary chronicling the joys and frustrations of writing for a living, and a few points of interest along my life's meandering journey.

I write inspirational stories about relationships that share wisdom and teach important moral and life lessons, stories in which the reader might find hope, guidance, rekindled affection and a reason to smile.

Please visit www.gregoryelang.com and click the red corner on the home page just beneath the “Projects” tab to learn more about what projects I may be working on.

Now on to today’s post~

I received this great note yesterday from someone who has a number of my books:

“What gets me through these very difficult times is my faith and family. Life's priorities are God, Family, and Work, respectively. Your books are a good reminder of what's most important, God and the family unit. My belief in this regard has become even stronger recently, my God and family mean everything to me.”

And here’s another piece I wrote recently for www.greatdad.com:

“It seems that in spite of all the differences there may be between the fathers and daughters of the world, be he a doctor or craftsman, she a student or lawyer, early or late in life, religious or not, wealthy or not, dads and daughters are very much alike in the manner in which they relate to one another.

Dads put their daughters before their own interests, striving to create special moments and lasting memories for her, protecting her from harm and disappointment, always seeking to spend quality time together, always praying never to let her down. Daughters anticipate daddy coming home, eager to show him a new trick, a report card, or request his counsel on a matter of concern. As much as daughters enjoy being a daddy’s girl, dads enjoy having one to dote on.

Daughters enjoy their dads always being available to her and never tiring of her need for his attention and affection. Daughters crawl into their daddies’ lap to hug and kiss him before resting her head on his chest, sometimes asking him to sing their favorite song. Dads never forget those moments when he could hold his daughter in his arms, and is always ready to sing to her, even if over the telephone.

Dads find meaning, purpose and fulfillment in their important role in their daughters’ lives. They do not shy away from the unfamiliar girl stuff, the hard tasks of parenting, nor their daughters’ tears or demonstrations of independence and revolt. Dads stand ready to help whenever the need arises, even if in the darkest hours of the night. Daughters never forget those moments when her dad proved once more that he was indeed the hero who would never let her down.

Daughters look to dads for help with school projects, his applause during her performances or events, to be a friend when she is lonely, and to help her out of sticky situations. Daughters give their dads an affection he cannot find anywhere else, and a love he will cherish to the end of his last day.”

A note on the new book proposals: HarperOne is going to wait to see how #2 does before moving ahead with #3. That makes sense to me, although I’d rather have heard they were going to option one of the proposals. Such is the writing life – books are published for profit, not fun, and a writer needs to understand that clearly if he/she is going to survive the contest. SO here’s to the success of #2, Mom’s Little Angel (wine glass held high in the air)!

And on my novel TREES – still searching for its eventual home, but the faith is strong: it shall see print one day!

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Now go out and hug somebody!

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