Reading the second book of S. L. Viehl's "Stardoc" series again today, I'm enjoying it as much or more than I did the first time I read it. The characters, the dialogue, the twisty, fast-paced plot all keep me entranced -- except for times I stop to think "if only I could write like that". Then I recall how Viehl has come to "write like that": I consider her back list. How many published books did she write before "Stardoc II"? How many that weren't published? If I really, really mean it - that I want to "write like that" - I need to get busy. One unpublished novel to add 20,000 words and revise, one to complete this year, and ??? to go. A good Paperback Writer isn't created in a day -- or even a year.
A friend sent me a card that said 'Shoot for the stars - even if you miss, you may hit the moon.' I like that idea - that my destination my be determined by my goals.