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Monday Mayhem – Tell Me Something Good

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 by Maggie Wells   5 Comments | Posted in Blog

There are days when I consciously make the decision to wear blinders. This doesn’t mean I’m oblivious to what’s happening around me or uncaring. It simply means I choose not to focus on things I cannot control. Just one of my particular coping mechanisms.

Like everyone with a feeling heart, I am horrified by the events that took place in Orlando this weekend.

As a woman, I’m angry about the flaws in our judicial system and the misogyny we allow to permeate our society.

I’m fearful for our country’s political future, and frankly, giving a good number of my fellow Americans the side eye.

And, as ever, I’m worried about my husband / children / siblings / nieces / nephews / greats / grands / dog / and even the baby birds in my hanging baskets (which, is amazing in itself if you know how I feel about birds).

In other words, this:


All of the above are reasons why I choose fiction. The very essence of why I choose to read and write romantic fiction. I need stories with happy endings. Otherwise, I’d be a quivering mass of fear and worry and hopelessness.

This weekend, I hid out in my imaginary world quite a bit. You know what happened there? This:

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So, I’m going to focus on this piece of positivity for the next week or two, then I will send it off into the loving embrace of my extraordinary editor.

How about you? Did anything good happen in your little corner of the world this weekend?



5 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – Tell Me Something Good"

  1. Comment by Julie Evelyn Joyce
    June 13, 2016 at 7:41 am  

    I choose to focus on the good stuff too, but my heart still hurts for all those innocent lives lost and the families affected. Congrats on finishing your draft! Wonderful accomplishment! I wrote a whole bunch this weekend, submitted my completed manuscript to several publishers, and sent off some packages to a couple agents too, at their request! Fingers crossed we’ll hear some good news soon! 🙂

  2. Comment by Karen Booth
    June 13, 2016 at 8:20 am  

    I’m with you on the positivity. It’s the only thing that can shut out the bad. Glad you got in all the words this weekend. I need to do that today! And good luck, Jules! Rooting for you!

    • Comment by Julie Evelyn Joyce
      June 13, 2016 at 9:34 am  

      Thanks, Karen! I’m so excited about it! 🙂

  3. Comment by Carol
    June 13, 2016 at 8:25 am  

    One good thing is that “Tell Me Something Good” is now playing in my head instead of the stupid song that was stuck in there over the weekend. I caught the end of the movie “Dave” on Saturday night, which gives me hope that this ridiculous political situation will somehow be corrected, even if we have to find a doppelganger to do it. I visited with my mother and my daughter, and my son called me instead of the other way around, so those were all good things. Fiction and family – sometimes those are the only ways to blunt the viciousness of the real world.

  4. Comment by Nancy
    June 13, 2016 at 9:58 am  

    I’m with you wholeheartedly.

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