Oh! So Close

06 Oct

moose tracks in Brimley State ParkHave you ever really wanted something and come – oh! – so close to having it, or doing it, or seeing it? That happened to me recently. You see, I’ve always wanted to see a moose in the wild.

I love moose! I have a huge moose painting above my bed. I drink coffee from my favorite moose mug every morning. I have a beloved moose t-shirt and moose flannel pants. My dinnerware even has moose on it. Yup. I love moose.

Last month I missed it by a day. We pulled in to Brimley State Park in Brimley, Michigan, on a Sunday evening. While setting up camp, another camper walked by and told us of the moose in the park the day before and where we could find the hoof prints.

Camera in hand, I made my way to the spot she’d told me about. And sure enough. There they were. Moose prints. Dang. That old saying of “a day late and a dollar short” about summed up my feelings. Still, I got this nifty photo of my foot next to the moose print.

I haven’t given up my dream of seeing a moose in the wild. Just like I haven’t given up my dream of having a book published. Will it happen? I hope so. But it’ll only happen if I put myself in the right place at the right time. I’m not going to see a moose if I never enter the woods and swamps. And I’m not going to see a book published if I don’t submit them to publishers.

Between moose and publishers. . .I think the moose are less scary.  😉

~ Pegg Thomas



Posted by on October 6, 2014 in Pegg Thomas, Writing


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6 responses to “Oh! So Close

  1. Jericha Kingston (@JerichaKingston)

    October 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Love it, Pegg! I want to see a koala bear in person. Or a kangaroo. Australia, anyone? 😉


  2. rpatchen

    October 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I think you might have a moose addiction. I have one, too. In my case, it’s chocolate mousse I’m hunting. 🙂

    It does sometimes seem the things we want the most are the most elusive. Moose, a publishing contract for you. I have a list of my own. I love that God knows all of our desires and will honor so many of them, just because he loves us.

    And I think that publishing contract is even closer to you than that moose was.


  3. Linda W. Yezak

    October 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Well, let me set things straight: Moose can kill ya. The worst a publisher can do is say no. It stings, but you survive. But I’d be willing to bet you’ll have a publisher before your next opportunity to see a moose!


    • Pegg Thomas

      October 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Moose can be a little fractious, but generally only if you do something rash. Like get in their way. Publishers? I don’t know… they seem pretty scary to me. That being said, I’ll still put myself in their way and hopefully one of them will pick up my story.


  4. Candice Sue Patterson

    October 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Great post, Pegg! Don’t give up on the moose. Or the published book.



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