Everyone’s Story welcomes fellow Elk Lake Publishing author Derinda Babcock. Derinda’s intriguing book covers, as well as the questions she asks her readers (what is your destiny and have you ever tried running from it?) lured me into asking Derinda if she’d like to make a guest appearance. I’m glad she accepted! This week Derinda poses the question of what to do when your plans don’t exactly match the Planner’s plans for us. Please check out Derinda’s BookGiveaway offer of In Search of Destiny, Book 2 of the Destiny Trilogy. Both Derinda and I look forward to hearing from you.
Plus, a little self-promo: I’d be pleased if you check out the video of my novel Always With You below Derinda’s feature. Thanks ❤
Derinda is offering 1 print copy of In Search Of Destiny, to 1 randomly chosen US only commenter, so please do leave a comment. The winners will be announced here on Friday, July 8th between 5-6 PM EST.
A quick blurb of In Search of Destiny: Lexie Logan didn’t realize how much influence she had, yet the people she left behind made life-changing choices based on her knowledge of the future.
** Please note regarding BookGiveaways: email contact information within comments are no longer required. However, if I have a question regarding yours I’ll leave a comment for you to forward it in order for you to chance winning.
A quick blurb of Dodging Destiny:
Lexie Logan flees the command of God and, like the Prophet Jonah, faces a life-storm of epic proportions.
When Ducks Don’t Cooperate by Derinda Babcock
Take a little road trip with me through my life. Sometimes the road has been smooth and the drive pleasant, but often, I’ve hit bumps and potholes or smashed into frustrating roadblocks. Surprisingly, I’m still running into obstacles as I travel “over the hill.” You’d think by now I would’ve learned to avoid them, right?
Oscar Wilde said, “The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.” I suspect he’s right. I’m the eldest of four siblings, and we grew up in a little oil-patch town. We didn’t have much money, but I never noticed the lack because we had so many other things to do. I was a good tree-climber, but the strong belief I had in my own abilities led to one of my first important lessons.
A hot summer day in 1967.
No air conditioning, only a screen door.
A large cottonwood tree in the yard I’d climbed thousands of times.
Me ― age ten, Dad ― early thirties. Dad’s ex-military.
Increase the excitement in my life by dropping ice cubes down Dad’s back.
Run out the front screen door.
Climb into the tree and taunt him from my perch.
What do you think I learned?
How could someone as old as Dad move so fast? He climbed that tree as well as I did, hauled me out of it, and turned a hose full of cold water down the back of my shirt.
Soon, I came to a major crossroad. I met Jesus Christ and my decision to follow Him changed the direction of my life forever. He has impacted my thoughts, the lens I use to view life, and the focus of my stories. I’ve never been sorry I chose this path.
I married on my nineteenth birthday. My husband brought a three-year-old into the marriage, and together, we had two more daughters. Wow, ― bump, smash, crash!
When my youngest daughter was five, the Lord impressed upon me His will: get a teaching degree and teach in the public schools. Major obstacle! I resisted His urging with all my might. I didn’t want to be a teacher. I wanted to be an interior designer, an architect, or a commercial artist. My own children were hard enough to deal with, so why would I put myself in the position of working with someone else’s kids? Crazy, huh? Finally, grudgingly, I surrendered, “Okay,” I told the Lord, “If You want me to go back to school, You’re going to have to provide the money, because I don’t have any.”
– tuition, fees, and books covered by scholarships
– a living stipend sufficient to put gas in the car for the two years it took me to finish my B.A.
I wanted my students to learn self-control, self-discipline, and good work ethics, so I had to be a model. A few times during my career, when the alarm went off at 5:30 a.m., I’d groan and beg my husband, “Please don’t make me get up this morning,” or I’d bow my head at my teacher’s desk and pray, “God, how am I going to get through the rest of the afternoon, much less the school year?
Ever had days like this?
I tootled up to another crossroad. Decision time. Do I write lesson plans for another ten years, or do I write novels? Should I write for a general audience, or for the Christian market? Since I’d signed with a literary agent the first choice was easy. The second, a little more difficult, but I chose to write novels that would encourage Christian readers in their daily walk.
When I made a total career change, I knew I’d have to get my ducks in a row. I traded in students, their parents, other teachers, administrators, and the critical public for beta readers, critique groups, a literary agent, editors, cover designers, publishers, and critical readers.
However, ducks don’t always cooperate and stay in an orderly line, so the question is, how do I handle the situation? Pout? Get frustrated? Quit? Or do I continue to learn and grow even when the experience is painful?
After editing a manuscript for what feels like the hundredth time, I’ve thought of throwing a tantrum and quitting, but I usually take a day or two off, take a deep breath, and start again. The effort’s worth it. The end results are stories that entertain and inspire readers.
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For almost 25 years, DERINDA BABCOCK was an English Language Acquisition teacher. During this time, she worked with students of all ages and many different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The richness of this experience lends flavor to the stories she writes. She enjoys historical research and crafting stories that entertain, encourage, and inspire. She writes from a Christian worldview. Since her retirement, she continues to tutor students in reading, though she divides much of her time between earning an A.A.S. degree in Digital Media Arts and Design and researching for her historical novels. She is married, and lives on a ranch in Southwestern Colorado.
Places to connect with Derinda:
I’ll be appearing on Southern Writers Magazine’s Suite T
on Monday July4th
Check it out here.