My good friend HOLLY KENNEDY sent me this. We have been exchanging dragonflies for some time. I sent her a flat brass one and she sent me this heavy iron one.
Continue reading for the significance.
10:30 pm and 75 degrees.
Thanks to BERNITA for the complimentary review of LOTTERY. It is always nerve-racking to send your baby out and I am so touched that he has been well received. Thank you.
I never thought much about Dragonflies before last summer. Early July. My friend Nodie was reading the manuscript of LOTTERY on a kayak trip on Kauai (say THAT three times fast). A large brilliant dragonfly hovered around her and then landed on my manuscript. It sat there for several moments.
She spoke about it later.
She said Dragonflies in Japan (and Hawaii) are considered good fortune. They symbolize success, victory, happiness, strength and courage.
A few weeks later I was offered representation by the William Morris Agency.
I am walking down the dock.
My novel LOTTERY had just gone out on submission that morning. I hear a faint buzzing. The sun is only just rising. A giant red dragonfly soars and circles me. The orange of the sun casts long shadows across the water. I stop. Around and around he wings. I reach out my hand. He almost lands but circles again and lifts away.
The next day I am told LOTTERY will go to auction.
I have to believe in Dragonflies.
They symbolize all that is good in books and in writing. But do I keep them to myself?
I sent a paper one to my author friend Jacquelyn Mitchard. I gave a fused glass one to my editor Peternelle. Holly and I exchange them.
Dragonflies are to be shared.
Success is to be shared.
It can happen to all of us.
It grows exponentially when this is done. When you hesitate. When you stop short of giving another writer support you are not allowing the Dragonfly to land and luck will elude you.
When you offer your help you create the energy of Dragonflies and success will be yours.
Writing is what we all love.
What we all do.
We share in the power.
Of the Dragonfly.