July has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Both personally and professionally. It wasn’t until this month that I fully realized how much those two things are very much the same to a writer. With the emotional turmoil I started the month in it affected my writing greatly. I couldn’t focus on anything longer than a few sentences.
I find myself distracted today. I didn’t have any topic decided on, but I normally don’t, so this post would have been no different. But you see I’ve been given some news, news that has completely occupied my mind. No matter how hard I try to shake it, try to distract from it, it continues to come back to me.
It’s the first week of June and I’ve realized I haven’t done a blog post for May! I apologize since I promised monthly ramblings. So you will be getting two posts this month, ain’t ya the lucky ones!
I spent a lot of years wandering from one job to another never enjoying any of them. The age old question "What do you want to do when you grow up?" was always a conundrum to me. I thought I knew. When I was much younger I wrote in journals telling stories for a short time. I bounced to art and enjoyed painting, but then theater came along and I thought I found my calling.
I went to a conference in February for writing, I won’t bore you with all the minor details of it but there was an author/publisher there, Dean Wesley Smith. He did a lecture on what he calls “Writing into the Dark”. It’s what most people call pantser writing, someone who does not create an outline. Anyway not my point here.
He says there are two brains, the creative brain and the critical brain. For an author the creative brain is obvious and the critical brain is the editor in us. Well he says the creative brain is like a two year old. They do what they want when they want and don’t care what people think. So the best thing to do is just let the two year old run around.
Sometimes the hardest thing in life is patience. You thought I was going to say something else didn't you? Like love or where to put a comma. But no, no I think that patience is the hardest thing, for me it is anyway.
We live in a world where everything is at our fingertips. Instant gratification is the norm and the expected, so when we are told that we have to wait for something we get very impatient.
Life is full of ups and downs, successes and failures, love and loss. We’ve all heard this at one point in our lives, a bit cliché but still so very true. Today I am going to talk about a number of my personal failures that led to an enormous personal success.
Back in 2011 my Husband and I were in Disney World (My favorite place, my mothership if you will). While there we were shopping in Downtown Disney, now Disney Springs. I was standing in front of a clothing rack in the Disney sports store and was admiring all the tech shirts they had. It was now November and nearly all the Disney races were completed for the year. The shirts I was staring at were from the races of that year.
They had pictures of different characters, depending on the race shirt. So Mickey Mouse was the full marathon, Donald was the half, Goofy was both, and Pluto was the 5km. They said things like, I just completed my first Disney Marathon, or Half Marathon 2011.
I so desperately wanted one of those shirts, I ached to have one. Hubby approached me as I was coveting these beauties and plainly stated “if you want one, buy one.”
It was a simple statement and it couldn’t have been easier for me to just pull it off the rack and buy it. Nobody would know whether I ran one of those races or not. I thought about it for a brief two seconds and said, “no, I want to earn it.”
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