THOUGHTFUL THURSDAYS: Aren’t We All Lucky Ducks?



It has been almost 30 years since I was responsible for my own son’s potty training. Not that it was an award winning event, still, in the Martin household it was cause for great celebration. No more diapers and no more pull ups. My son had crossed the threshold from toddler to young boy and all he needed at the time was my unconditional support to complete the transition.

Fast forward 20 plus years and I had the honor of watching my best friend’s daughter cross that same threshold my son did all those years ago. I sometimes tend to underestimate my calming, supportive influence on people at times, and Hailey’s first venture into doing what big girls do was no exception.  While others in her family wondered if she would understand what was expected of her, I simply showed my unconditional support when the time came and the rest as they say, was history. We celebrated like there was no tomorrow, and I presumed my small part in the whole process would soon be forgotten.
I was wrong.
One Saturday evening came along and I was sitting in my recliner, doing research on a nonfiction manuscript, when I got a phone call from Hailey’s grandmother.  Hailey visited them most weekends so Mom and Dad could have some grownup time so I was curious as to why in the world my best friend’s mom would be calling me?  I didn’t have long to wonder.  Answering the phone, I was surprised to hear a tiny voice on the other end…”Ma’am, I have to go potty!” Okay, Hailey, I had no idea you needed my permission to answer the call of Mother Nature, but go right ahead…we’ll celebrate later!
What does all this have to do with the writing life, you might ask? Everything actually.

We writers are lucky enough to find unconditional support in this writing community as we cheer on those baby steps into this new world we so badly want to be a part of.  We need to  encourage and celebrate each person’s step across the threshold from novice to professional writer even if it means answering late night phone calls asking for reassurance that everything will turn out okay. Because it will.  Maybe not today or next week, but in the not too distant future our dreams WILL become our reality…all it takes is the belief we can do this.
I believe in Hailey and I believe in YOU!

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Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of LUNADAR. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne.

But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song.

With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of LUNADAR at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?




International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in ebook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retaile

Donna L

Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

One thought on “THOUGHTFUL THURSDAYS: Aren’t We All Lucky Ducks?

  • November 15, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I cheer for you on each step you take. I did when you were learning to walk. And I do now. YAY YOU!


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