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Is it just me or has this summer flown by? In June our family visited Disney World. I soon discovered that summer is not the best time to vacation there. Not only was it hotter than the hubs of Hell, but the wait for most rides was at least forty minutes.

Despite the miserable heat, I did enjoy the new Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios. Hogwarts was an exact replica of what we've seen on the big screen. I mean they nailed it. There was fake snow on the castle roof. The fat lady in the picture sang and the employees wore the official Hogwart's robes.

Inside the castle, Harry Potter's ride took us on an adventure with Harry and his friends. Although it was really fun, since my feet dangled off the seat, I spent most of my time trying to keep my flip flops on. Word to the wise, if you ever visit Disney wear tennis shoes or sandals with a cinch.

Afterward, we ate at the Three Broomsticks Restaurant. Hung above the dimly lit bar was a huge boar's head that snorted every few minutes. Customers dined at long butcher block tables surrounded by small wooden chairs. Upstairs was blocked off, but there were several trunks and suitcases at the base of the landing. Our meal was great. We enjoyed grilled chicken, corn on the cob and a vegetable medley. The boys drank butter beer and pumpkin juice (they didn't seem fond of either one). Then we visited Gringotts where the kids bought a couple of wands.

As I toured this magical place, I could not help but marvel at the genius behind it. Too often I read negative news about trying to publish in today's market. It can be depressing and disillusioning. Yet, after seeing Rowling’s creation, I became inspired. She is living proof that success comes with tenacity, talent and hard work. As writers we have to cling to the positive and let go of the negative. Whoever said "hope runs eternal" was correct. It is the very thing that drives me. The hope that someday I may write something that is publishable keeps me on track to finish my novel. After all, if I don't finish the book then there will never be a chance of getting it published.

Are there any authors that inspire you, give you hope? What keeps you going? I'd be interested to read your thoughts about this. Until next time. Happy writing.

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