DARING GREATLY

I have a paperweight on my desk that reads “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” I don’t know who said that, but I do know who said this. Theodore Roosevelt. “…who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory or defeat.”

I’ve attempted a lot of things without knowing if I would fail, and I worried a lot about the possibility of failure, but in the end I was always glad I tried.

When I was teaching I did special projects, some on a small scale in the classroom and others on a school-wide basis. Some worked better than others, but I always learned something for the next time.

I’ve written numerous sketches and plays, performed alone or in an ensemble on stage, and directed others in similar projects. Again, some were more successful than others, but I learned a lot and did better each time.

Now I have completed my second historical fiction book entitled By Promise Made. I loved every minute of writing it, and the story turned out exactly as I wanted it to. I loved spending time with my characters.

Now the hard part.

I have to send it out and see what others think about it. I hear back from some readers in the form of online reviews or emails and notes, but I never hear back from many readers, so all I can do is hope they liked it, that I didn’t fail with them. But I take heart in knowing that my place is with those who dared greatly.

Would you like to read the first chapter of By Promise Made? Hopefully to whet your appetite to ordering the ebook or paperback on its release date of September 23, 2020 at online sellers everywhere.

I’ll be happy to send you the first chapter if you will send me your email address either through this website or at my email – susanleighfurlongwriter@gmail.com.

Then you can let me know if I have dared greatly and tasted victory!

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