Sunday, July 6, 2008

A Merry Weekend

Independence Day has never been a favorite holiday of mine, and I'm not one who, I'm sorry to admit, thinks on its historical symbolism a great deal. But still, the gathering of family and friends, good food and amazing fireworks make for a super day.

The lake where we live always has day-long activities, concluded with a full fireworks show, the Saturday closest to the holiday. To coordinate with the fun we invite family and friends up for time together and fun on the water.

This year was especially cool, and yesterday couldn't have been more perfect. The weather was cooler and breezy - incredible for a midwest July - and I relished kicking back with dear ones near. I let go of all my writing-related stresses, and just existed, plain and simple.

But you wanna know the single coolest aspect? Sitting out on the lake in the dark, a sea of boats around ours as we watched fireworks explode. It was a poignant moment for me because not-so-long ago I wrote about that very thing...

My novel, the one I'm querying, ends on the Fourth of July, with lake celebrations much like ours. And, the very last chapter, the very last page, ends with a proposal under the fireworks. I'd drawn on my own experiences to write about the water, the sounds, the colors, and to watch it play out again was indescribable.

Someday. Someday it'll be in print, and you all can read it. Then you can share the experience with me.

7 comments:

Travis Erwin said...

I look forward to the day I get to read the scene and say I read her blog before she became a literary giant.

Janna Qualman said...

*blush*

I hope!

Melanie Avila said...

I have a scene in my memoir about watching fireworks from a boat in the Midwest! Too crazy. :D

Janna Qualman said...

All the kids are doing it.

Joshua said...

The greatest thrill in life is watching things explode with those you love :)

thanks for the comments on my blog. I never really told anyone about my struggles over that last few years. It feels nice to let it out.

Give my cousin-in-law a hug and my 2 second cousins as well janna :)

colbymarshall said...

Happy Fourth, and good look on your querying! I hope I'mm about to be finished with my WIP, so I'll be back in the boa with you querying again soon!

Janna Qualman said...

Best of luck, Colby!