It has inspired me to follow my dreams. I started writing a new novel but the old manuscript kept calling to me from the folder on my desk. "Finish me first" it whispered. I decided to work on it going through each page with love and caring, editing out things out that didn't seem relevant any longer. I then sent it off to my editor friend with a postage paid return envelope enclosed.
She completed the editing and called me to say it was in the mail. A week passed then in the middle of the second week I called for the tracking number. (Never send anything without a tracking number!). The editor lives in VA I live in FL. It went from VA to NC to Bell Gardens, CA, back to Jacksonville, FL then back to Bell Gardens, CA. I called the customer service number they took my info and asked me to be patient.
That was like being in the mall, having your three year old child lost and the security guard saying don't worry he will be returned at some point!
I did get a call the next day from my local post office. Once again I gave her the information. I asked cant we call this Bell Garden facility? I went into Google, typed their name hoping to get the phone number. All these complaints came up about this facility losing mail. My precious manuscript had gotten in the twilight zone of the United States Post Office. Evidently if it gets there it often doesn't make it out. The girl on the phone was trying to reassure me as I was saying "I cant believe what I am reading, you really need to Google this place!!!"
I suspect she already knew. She sounded empathetic and I told her I was going to trust her to help me and I had every confidence she would get my manuscript delivered to the right address. That was five days ago. Still no manuscript, however it did leave Bell Gardens, CA two days ago, for where, I don't know, it didn't say. I wondered was it traveling by train, truck, freighter??? The mind of a writer thinks of all possibilities. It did say to keep checking back, you can be assured I will!
I tried to make a joke out of it, and said it went off to Hollywood without me. It knew it was good!!! But in my heart I felt like all my editors hard work was lost and I doubt the PO would pay for another edit. But who knows. I do have another copy in my pc. I asked God what was I suppose to learn from this experience and then waited for an answer.
A day of so later I found out about a writing contest that was seeking a 900 word Essay on Life Experiences. I wrote it, but before submitting it, read the rules. It appears that the essay whole or in part cannot be published or submitted anywhere else till after May of 2015.
When my manuscript returns home I need to pull the essay out of the book. I suddenly felt like God had a plan and I just needed to trust the process. I will let you know when it comes home from the USPS twilight zone. I am thinking positive, Louise Hay says when you think in the present about what you want, the universe brings it to you. :-)