And Then What?

My novel, Lighting Candles in the Snow, is now out. Reviews are coming in, and gladly they are positive. And then what? Which is the big question really, about all kinds of things that one might look forward to with great anticipation.

And then what?

There are the people who look ahead with excitement for the next big adventure, like Toad in The Wind in the Willows:

“Toad talked big about all he was going to do in the days to come, while stars grew fuller and larger all around them, and a yellow moon, appearing suddenly and silently from nowhere in particular, came to keep them company and listen to their talk.” (A very talented writer’s way of saying Toad talked at length.)

And there are those who are perfectly content with their routine, like Rat:

“And I AM going to stick to my old river, AND live in a hole AND boat, as I’ve always done.” (Talented Writer’s way of telling us Rat adores his routine while also saying what that routine is, in just one sentence.)

Which kind of person are you? Mr Toad or Mr Rat? Do you say And then what? Or are you at peace (maybe in love with) with your established routine?

Perhaps you are a nice blend, like Mole, who enjoys a routine sprinkled with the occasional adventure, or even just an outing for the day.

“This day was only the first of many similar ones for the emancipated Mole, each of them longer and full of interest as the ripening summer moved onward. He learnt to swim and to row, and entered into the joy of running water; and with his ear to the reed-stems he caught, at intervals, something of what the wind went whispering so constantly among them.” (from The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame)

6 thoughts on “And Then What?

  1. Jane Finchwood

    This post leaves me with an ache to read Wind in the Willows. Having just read a book that left me traumatized I need a clean, beautiful waltz.

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  2. Jackee

    Loved the wistfulness in your post. ❤ I'm more like toad and way too impetuous. I wish I was more like mole, though, and could be wise enough to choose both rat and toad camps when it suited me. :o)

    I picked up Candles for Kindle a few days ago. Can't wait to read it! ❤

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