“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood …”

Yes, that’s the forecast here and I hope it’s the same wherever you are.

I’m appreciating it enormously considering I’ve just about been housebound for the last three weeks. Except for hospital, doctor visits, and a very slow stroll around the flattest part of my yard, I’ve been inside recooperating from emergency surgery. It’s amazing how much is easy to take for granted until it’s no longer available to you.

So, yes, I’m sitting outside in the sun relaxing and writing until I choose to take a dip in the pool (something I was banned from doing for three weeks). So, of course, I wanted to do it even more. I bet most of us can remember a time or two or three of being forbidden to do something as an adult, and definitely as a child. Remember how much more you wanted to do it because someone told you you couldn’t? Oh yes, I’m guessing most of us found ourselves in that situation. Especially as a youth … When our parents told us we didn’t have to do homework,(okay, maybe that’s a bad example … None of us ever wanted to do homework so forbidding us to do it wouldn’t work, besides they’d never say that), when we weren’t allowed out to play, when we couldn’t go on that date, when we couldn’t eat that dessert, when we couldn’t attend that baseball game, when we couldn’t stay out until a certain time–all reasons to want it all the more.

It even works the same way when we put restrictions on ourselves: I have to go to bed early, because I need to get up early, and what happens? You find yourself not able to sleep. I can’t eat that piece of cake because I’m on a diet, but we want it all the more, plus ice cream to go with it. I have too much work to do today, so I can’t watch television, but suddenly there’s a program you can’t miss, and you want to watch it all the more. They’re only examples and they may not fit you, but you get my meaning.┬áNow that I’m sitting by the pool and my restriction is lifted, I’m not anxious to jump in. As soon as we close the pool for winter, I’m going to want to jump in desperately. My, how interesting human nature is.

As I contemplate this scenario, I realize it would be a good marketing tool for my novels. It’s a good marketing tool for a lot of products. We always want what we can’t have. If somehow readers think my novel is forbidden to them, or not available to them, they might want to read them all the more! The difficult part? How to make them unavailable, but known to everyone. Now that I think of it, the concept is good, but it just doesn’t fit with the product–a novel. Unless the book was sold out, there’d be no reason for it to be unavailable. Oh well, it sounded plausible for a moment.

Well, I guess it’s back to the drawing board for marketing ideas. As my protagonist Marcy would say, “Everything happens for a reason. You put in as much effort as you can, and let fate take over. If it’s meant to be, it is.”

Smiles being sent your way.

Linda Burson






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