Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Failure


Hi my writing friends! It's been a long while since I posted anything...at...all here on my writing blog.
There's a few reasons why:


  • We had a death in the family
  • My books weren't where I wanted them to be
  • I had an interesting experience with a frienemy at a writer's conference that depressed me
  • I got discouraged
  • I felt like a failure and decided it wasn't worth it all
  • I worried too much about what other people thought (for another post another day)
  • OH! And my laptop was STOLEN!!!! ugh


But here I am again, in 2017, trying again. Why? I will tell you why:


I used to have a favorite quote about failure in the home, but then I found out...failure happens. And sometimes in large ways.


To have success, you have to fail. That's the way it works. You can't have one without the other. Sorry to break the news.

Success is a string of failures mapping out a route to an end goal. If you don't keep on the path to that goal, you become lost and that's when you fail. If your path diverts to a new path, then that end goal becomes new, as long as you keep going.

So...I have a new favorite quote about homes and failure, "The only time you fail in the home is when you stop trying." (I wish I could remember who said it, but someone did, and thank you to that someone. Kimball?)

So the moral of this post...KEEP TRYING!!! Things will be hard, things might get sticky, things will be difficult. And that's okay!

Just keep trying!!!


What are some of the things you do to help yourself succeed??? I eat chocolate...lots and lots of chocolate (and then I have to run... because of the calories of the chocolate.) 😊

Next week we will discuss how to find time to write. See you then.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Must Write!

Must keep writing...

Feeling hungry (run to fridge).

Must keep writing...

I need to check facebook just once more.

Must keep writing...

Aw look, gotta text from the kids. Look on pinterest? Why not.

Must keep writing...

If I can just do one batch of laundry, than I'll feel like I'm getting something in the house clean.

Must keep writing...

What? It's midnight? *sigh* 

I really need some butt glue.

This had been my week (even with my swollen ankle). I have a deadline *squee* and I'm scurrying though my book, trying to clean it up, rewrite things, and yes...finish my dreaded query.

So if I my post is short today, you'll know that I'm keeping up with the writing! OH, and I totally missed posting on Saturday. I was trying to get ready to write.

Have a great week everyone. :D

Saturday, March 8, 2014

When Plans Change

ninjas photo: ninjas ninjas.jpgLet's face it. Plans change.
It's sadly...sadly true.
For instance; I have been running for some time now, and I had made a goal to run 3.5 miles at least four times a week. I achieved my goal in February!

Woohoo! *running power*

By the end of February, I was at 4.8 miles four to five times a week. (I know! Awesome!)  And I was feeling pretty good about it.

And then it happened... walking on flat pavement... on a clear dark night... (Oh the gravity of the situation.)

I rolled my ankle.

It didn't even happen in a cool way, like:

"I was attacked by super ninja warriors and as I leaped to kick the last standing ninja (in the face), I twisted my ankle."

or "I was almost to Mordor, about to throw the ring in the volcano, when Gollum attacked me from behind - grabbing my ankle and twisting it until it cracked."

Nope, just a dumb-old "I was walking in the garage and my ankle gave out under me." *sigh*

Now I'm off my ankle for four to six weeks until it heals (yes, I already tried to push myself and re-injured said ankle).
 
Plans also change when it comes to writing.

When I started writing, I thought I would be published in two years. *ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha* (Sorry, I can't stop laughing.)

My plans changed.

I thought at my first pitch session, I'd have an agent. (Oh, now I'm crying from laughter.)

My plans changed.

But one thing remains the same:
KEEP GOING!!!

So I am still going to find agents, still working on craft, and still handing my babies over to my crit group. Even though things change, they can still be achieved.

Okay, now I'm off to dust off my weights and find some good routines that will keep me off my ankle. ;)

How have your plans changed? How did you keep going?



Saturday, March 1, 2014

You're a Bully...just saying

bullying photo: No Bullying anti_bullying.gifRant: beware!


We found out this week that my little guy was being bullied on the way home from school. Not cool!

Thankfully, we found out that the boys who were doing it, will not be around in that area to do it anymore. *whew* But the problem is that my son didn't even tell me about it until the end. It made me so sad. (He has a disability and didn't realize it was as bad as it was. It wasn't until he got hurt that it became apparent to him.)

We live in a time when people are bullied. Not just kids. I read a few weeks ago about people getting bullied at work. By ADULTS. I could not believe it! Did we forget to grow up or something?

And then something happened to us. A text was misconstrued by someone (we offered to help them with babysitting and they must have thought that we thought they were terrible parents. I don't understand it myself.)

Anywho, this person decided to retaliate and posted something on facebook about us. We were very disheartened and surprised that they acted so irrationally and defensively. We were honestly just trying to help out. (Remind me not to offer to babysitting to people unless they approach me first.)

Okay, so what does this have to do with writing? I'll tell you...

This week there was controversy about a very popular writer and how she should stop writing. Huh? (I'm sure if you are in the writing community, you've heard about it). But it wasn't the popular person I was worried about (let's face it, she's awesome and will keep writing...and did I mention, she's awesome?)

But what about the woman who posted the bullying words? I couldn't help wonder if she was being bullied herself for what she said. I am almost sure she was. Although I DO NOT agree with her opinion (because did I mention the popular writer is AWESOME? She really is and my daughter just finished reading her books...and cried...Proud mom here.)

But can I just say...I'm tired of the bullying. It needs to stop. And for one, I'm going to stop it here in my home. I'm going to talk to my kids about it. I'm going to take things a little bit slower when I get an electronic message if I don't understand it, AND I'm going to eat some chocolate!

TAKE THAT BULLYING!

Rant over!