I recently discovered the word trouvaille, which means, “something lovely discovered by chance; a windfall.” There’s something beautiful about the word, and I love its meaning. So often, every detail of our lives is planned. What time we get up, when we go to work, what we’ll have for dinner, and so on. But sometimes, somehow, something lovely happens in the midst of routine, and it reminds us that there is so much more to life than what we could have planned.
One such lovely, chance discovery happened over a decade ago. On a random Wednesday night I ventured for a drink with a friend to a place I’d never been before and wound up meeting the person who would become my husband. We were old school back then. No online profiles. No swiping to the right. Just two people’s paths crossing by chance.
On a similar note, in my other blog post, “How Taco Bell Got Me A Book Deal,” I wrote about how a chance encounter with a Taco Bell mild sauce packet (of all things) encouraged me to persevere in seeking publication for my first novel, which follows two married couples and explores how the choices they make forever change their lives. And while I was happy to sign with Red Adept Publishing back in April, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. Now, after completing the first round of edits, I know that signing with them was the absolute best decision for my writing career. Guided by the editor’s great suggestions, the novel has already improved in ways I couldn’t have even imagined.
I’m excited to continue the process and can’t wait to share the finished product with everyone when that times come. Who knows, maybe someone will discover the novel by chance and believe they are luckier for having found it.