Friday, March 25, 2011

Recipe For Hope

Highs and Lows of writing...

Queries. Rejections. Conferences. Agents. Partials. Fulls. Rejection.

We all want our work to be good enough to be published. And when agents aren’t pounding down our door to sign us, we take it personal. Some quit. Some revise. A couple weeks ago I learned that many of us drink wine, eat chocolate, cry, and then we get back to work.

But what happens when we lose hope? 

When we have it we’re Happy, Optimistic, Positive, and have the Energy to accomplish anything. When hope is lost, we have no reason to get our butts out of bed. The world turns a murky shade of grey and the flavor of life is gone. The answer—Don’t lose it. But if you do wake up and it’s gone, you can get it back and I have the recipe.

Recipe for Hope:

·      Two cups of belief.
·      A handful of writer friends.
·      One cup of tears.
·      Three ounces of dedication.
·      1 tbs. of confidence.
·      ½ cup of perseverance.
·      One tsp. of vanilla.
·      One box of chocolate.
·      1 bottle of wine.

In a large bowl pour in belief, then add a handful of writer friends. Toss lightly until thoroughly mixed. In a separate bowl mix dedication, confidence and perseverance, and beat.  When you think you’ve got the lumps out, continue to beat for two additional minutes. Pour the dedication, confidence and perseverance mixture into the belief mixture. Add the cup of tears, and blend with the vanilla.

Pour the entire mixture into the bathtub and add hot water. While the water is running, pour yourself a glass of wine, and open the chocolate. When the tub is full, submerse yourself. Sip your wine. Eat your chocolate. Soak in the essence of hope. And know that you can do anything.

You can have hope anytime you want it. It doesn’t have to go away. Make the choice to be Happy, Optimistic, Positive, and create your own Energy. If not today… tomorrow will be your day. Just believe and bathe in hope. 

Enjoy the Journey! 
~ Karlene


  1. This touched me so much Karlene, and at exactly the right time. You always know just what I need, right when I need it. You are the best! Everyone could do with a little hope.

  2. Wise words, Karlene, and brilliant, too! I am putting that recipe on a bright yellow-white card and taping it to my mirror. (Those tears. They add that special bittersweet flavor that is the mark of a great complex recipe that will stand the test of time!)

  3. Thanks Heather, I know we all need it. I'm thinking it will work best in the hot tub with those writers friends! :) Bring your swimsuit!

  4. Thank you Linda! Yes, a bit of bittersweet is always needed. How beautiful. That is why you're an incredible paint pictures with your words.

  5. Lovely Post!! So glad I found this blog. Keep the inspiration coming. I think we all need it!

  6. Thank you Lisa. Yes, we all need it for sure! Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Oh, Karlene,

    This is great and it couldn't come at a better time. I had a rough week with a couple of writing disappointments. But this HOPE recipe is wonderful. How could it not work?

    You put so much love into this recipe it is bound to be a success. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all.

    I always feel good when I visit your blog. You ladies have amazing insight and positive energy. It's magical...

    Have a great weekend.

  8. Michael, I am sorry you had a rough week. I think we all did! That supermoon must have left its imprint. We will all get through the tough times... and celebrate the good times together. Thank you so much for being an incredible support as always!

  9. Aww, what a nice recipe! I've never had tears over my writing - either I'm confident or delusional!! (or, most likely, I haven't been at it long enough!)

  10. Thanks for the comment Erica. No worries about not having tears over your writing. Sometimes we can have tears for so many reasons, so you can still make the recipe.
    I am loving both delusional and confident. I'm with you too. I'm confident and people think I'm delusional. :) Good way to be.

  11. What a lovely message :-) You brightened my day! And I'm always in favor of a recipe that includes chocolate ...

  12. Thank you Portia. I'm right with you on the chocolate too!