Elizabeth Melton Parsons

Writing~Art~Life

Merry Christmas and Strange Happenings

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Eric is coming home for the holidays on Friday and I have a million things to get done before Christmas day so I won’t be around until after Christmas. Thought I’d better hop on here and wish all my buddies a very Merry Christmas. But first I’d like to tell you about a couple of strange things that happened to me recently. As I’ve stated before many times, I’m no longer actively pursuing my writing career. Shoot, I don’t even write anything on most days, although the bug still strikes at times.

When I decided to stop contacting agents and publishers and go to self publishing everyone told me I was nuts, but I never regretted that decision. I loved everything about being an indie author. Maybe I’m just a control freak, maybe not, but I loved it. And when I got the rights to a couple of my books back, I self published them too.

Regardless, I was recently contacted by a prestigious agent with an offer. I ignored it, thinking it some kind of joke. Then a couple of weeks later I was contacted by a very large and well known publisher saying they were extremely interested in my work and asking for a short summary and the first fifty pages of any new manuscript I was working on. I had to laugh. So I immediately set about checking to make sure neither of these were scams. Nope, they were both legit offers. If I’d gotten either of these offers ten years ago, I’d have been over the moon and doing back flips in the front yard. Now I could care less. Very strange. You work hard and get mediocre offers and contracts. You stop caring and you’re offered what you always wanted. I just do not understand that at all. Just goes to show anything is possible. So all you writers waiting for your big break, it could be right around the corner. Don’t give up.

Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Big Hugs to you all. 🙂 See you soon!

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Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

54 thoughts on “Merry Christmas and Strange Happenings

  1. Elizabeth I wish you and yours a great holiday season. Thats great news about the publishers contacting you. Keep us posted. You really are a talented writer to go along with your other talents.

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  2. Merry Christmas Elizabeth to you and yours!

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  3. Congratulations, Elizabeth! I’m happy for you! Life is funny, isn’t it? 🙂
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy your time with Eric. By the way, a few years ago I did a jigsaw puzzle of the picture in your post. 🙂

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  4. Congratulations Elizabeth. Funny how the universe works, we let go of something and it comes back. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

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  5. Naolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda Elizabeth.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  6. Life is strange. A good compliment to you, so well deserved. Might you change your mind and follow up with this invitation?

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  7. So, does that mean you are not going to accept this offer? Well, either way congratulations and enjoy your holiday!

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  8. God bless you, dearheart. I am so happy for you! Renunciation!

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  9. Funny how the things you want change as you get older and wiser. 🙂 Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and enjoy the time with your son. Our daughter came home from college last week, and we are enjoying spending time together.

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  10. Loosen the reins and things fly. 🙂 Wonderful news, Elizabeth! Enjoy your holidays with family and Merry Christmas.

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  11. May I also wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year. Have a wonderful time with your son.

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  12. Hi Elizabeth 😀 Have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year my friend. Those publishers won’t ! 😉 Hugs. Ralph xoxox ❤

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  13. What an interesting post, Elizabeth! I guess it just goes to show that if strange things can happen, they most certainly will. In the words of Churchill: “Never, ever quit!” Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🙂

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  14. Merry Christmas In advance

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  15. Life is like that I think….we care with all we’ve for something and it doesn’t come our way..we stop expecting and strange things happen 🙂 Congrats and Merry Christmas to you… 🙂 ❤

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  16. Beautiful reading as always.
    Merry Christmas and happy holidays season to you and yours, Elizabeth,
    Aquileana 😀

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  17. Lovely news, Elizabeth. I love your picture…Is this a Thomas Kinkade, per chance? I have a number of his lighthouse pics and I wondered if this was one of his??? I love his work. Have a lovely holiday, Kiddo. “Talk to you” after the holiday season!! 🙂

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    • Saw your wonderful comment in my email and wanted to take time to answer this morning before things get crazy around here. That is a Kinkade. I have one my hubby bought me titled “Petals of Hope”. Love his work too. WE are sympatico, Lucie. I always knew it. 😉 That’s why I enjoy your blog so much. Have a truly wonderful Christmas, hon, with just enough craziness to be fun but not stressful. 😀 ❤

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  18. So the question is, did you accept one of the offers?

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  19. That’s fantastic news about the offers and is a timely reminder that one of your books is snugly sat on my Kindle app for the computer awaiting some fee time which must surely come soon. Have a fantastic Christmas my friend.

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  20. Hi Elizabeth! Thanx a bunch of your favourite flowers for your generous wishes dropped @ my playground… ❤ I'd like to convey you my very best: health, joy, tons of inspiration and serenity… have a formidable 2015 – positive, optimistic and cheerful! friendly thoughts & cheers, Mélanie

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  21. I am amazed at your restraint and honesty in this post, Elizabeth. It is true that at different times in our lives we may jump and be so excited by an offer, but at other times may be aloof and not so excited. I would be happy to be offered either of these wonderful opportunities, but I can imagine you would feel like there were deadlines and other business aspects which may not be your interest now. Hoping to hear of your future book deals, but can respect your integrity and independence, too.
    Have a wonderful and meaningful new year of 2015, Elizabeth! Hugs, Robin

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    • Thanks so much, Robin. I’m no longer interested in a great book deal, but it was flattering to receive the opportunity to try for one. My interests lie elsewhere at this time, but I’m not saying that won’t change. Have a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. ❤

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  22. This sounds phenomenal. I am so happy for you! Even though you chose a different path, it is no less incredible and validating. You rock! Happy New Year.

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  23. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Elizabeth. Never say never, great post and hey, congratulations being the driver and controller – nice validation though.

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