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Best of Hildie McQueen

By Pam Asberry

When I first read this post by Hildie McQueen, I got all choked up. Fiction writing is tough, especially on top of full-time work and and family responsibilities. Yet most of the writers I know do all those things and more, and I am continually inspired: by the speakers I hear at meetings and conferences, by published authors who share so freely of their experiences and themselves, and by friends on the same leg of the journey as I am. We may not live in a a perfect world but I love it anyway!

Here’s what Hildie said on June 24th:

In my perfect world, my truck would be pink. I’d get up early everyday, exercise, have a healthy breakfast and not complain. My house would be so neat, oh of course perfectly decorated and the roof would never leak.

In my perfect world, words would practically jump onto the pages and 100,000 word novels be written in a matter of weeks. Each manuscript would be so well done that edits would be a breeze. And yes, they’d be fantastically successful and offers would fly in immediately one after the other, bigger and bigger.

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In my perfect world all my writer friends would be as best sellers, we’d meet once a month and try not to overshadow each other with all of our accomplishments. Of course we’d all get awards, exclusive contracts and million dollar movies offers.

Well, my world is far from perfect, but it’s perfectly mine and the lists of what is good about it is long. I am smiling because I’ve met some of the most wonderful people in the last month. After attending two conferences, I can honestly say that my world is full of amazing experiences both personal and some shared with me.

The world of book lovers, Readers, Writers, Editors, Agents is a place that is not perfect by any stretch, but it is a world where we respect the art of wordsmithing, amazing fiction and the superlative imaginations of those that take us to their world, share the stories of their hearts and never, ever give up on their dreams.

Hildie’s closing question bears repeating:

Tell me is there a person in the literary world who inspires you? What is it about them?


To read more about Hildie and her western historical romance Where the Four Winds Collide, visit


Marilyn Baron - December 19, 2013 - 6:33 am

I’m not sure I saw this post originally but I really like it. Thanks for sharing it with us again.

Maxine - December 19, 2013 - 9:19 am

I remember the blog because of the “pink truck.” That sounded cute. You certainly know what a perfect day would be, Hildie. I do hope you have some of them.

Connie Gillam - December 19, 2013 - 11:10 am


I’ve been amazed at what you’ve accomplished in the last year or so. From my seat, your world looks down right perfect.

Debbie Kaufman - December 19, 2013 - 11:44 am

Hey Pam and Hildie!

This line sums up where all our heads should be as authors:
“…my world is far from perfect, but it’s perfectly mine and the lists of what is good about it is long.”

Thanks for the reminder!

Sandra Elzie - December 24, 2013 - 11:20 pm

Great choice of blog articles. I loved it the first time…and the second. My “perfect” car wouldn’t be pink, but I’m with you on the rest. Love your writing.

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