Ready, Set and Stay for the Long Haul

I am not a patient person. I don’t like to wait in line at stores. I hate traffic and I expect things to be done when you tell me they will be done.
Which is why I love writing and tight deadlines. Give me something to write in a short period of time and I’ll get it done. I do best on the fly and down to the wire because I don’t have time to get tired.
The thing I dislike about writing is that it is a process that never ends.  To become successful as a writer you have to keep writing. You can’t give up. My stubborn personality means I’ll push up to a point; if a task seems to be endless or pointless I jump ship. That’d be the anxiety talking right there.
When I had my car accident I didn’t think about getting medical treatment; I was fixated on having to get to work and that was the only thought I had. Now, as I continue with my life I just want the whole insurance thing to be done. I hate all of the red tape and paperwork and waiting. It drives me a bit insane.
Throughout my life I’ve had to wait impatiently for things to happen. Through all of that waiting I’ve begun to realize waiting is what we do.

I’m not going to lie- this second half is being written about a week after the beginning. 

I’m still waiting and I’m beginning to think that my lot in life is to wait and to deal with dreams bathed in nightmares.

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At least I have kittens to make life bareable. Every night when I get home from work my two kittens greet me and want pets. Two balls of fur just want to tell me they missed me and that they are happy I’m home. Animals make the waiting less gruesome.
Let’s not forget about these beauties.

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Yes, I love my animals.

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After Christmas

‘Tis the season of joy, gratitude and thanksgiving. Of believing that the words written are word written true. A time to reflect and to hope and to believe.

So, I as I sit here wondering why going forward feels so much like I’m going backwards there are other things I want to voice; to write about and yet I don’t write them.

A true writer writes the truth without regard to the feelings of others. They march up to that soap box and they proclaim their beliefs and they shout that they have the best view on things. I guess I don’t even know where I want to begin or end. It’s like my mind is spinning so fast; so out of control that the cogs are threatening to break apart; to fly off into oblivion and I’m getting sick from all of this stress.

This post isn’t what I wanted it to be. There was so much more that I wanted to write. So much more organization and structure and depth. Alas, none of it has come to pass.

But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino – But You Dont Look Sick? support for those with invisible illness or chronic illness

http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/
The above link is a perfect explanation as to why my life is different then healthy people. I try to ignore my disease but it is there every day. When I work full time I have to give up riding and having a social life.

Classifying Your Book: How to Research & Target Literary Agents

These are some great things to remember and to keep in mind as the New Year rushes towards us.

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By Chuck Sambuchino

BookStack_photopinOnce your book is finished, it’s time to start submitting to agents. For this, a simple first step is to create a new Microsoft Word or Excel document so you can keep detailed track of your submissions, target agents, resource materials, and more. The document will help you personalize query letters, find more agents to contact, and know when to follow up on submissions.

Now it’s time to create your list of potential agents to query.

As you start compiling agent names and contact info, think in terms of casting a wide net. Scour databases and websites to put together the largest possible collection of reps to contact, then start winnowing down your list as you go along. Understand right off the bat that not every agent is for you. You’ll only be targeting a fraction of the active reps out there—seeking those who represent the specific…

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There is Hope

There is hope. For those of us who are quite certain the world is against us. The people in that article are reminders of why being stubborn and pressing on is so important. Believe me, after the weekend I’ve had I wanted to give it up. My truck is broken (again) and I went to that horrible place where I felt I needed to sell my horses. However, I am not going to do that. I am not going to give up.

Everytime I write about something good in my life unfortunate accidents happen. I have the best worst luck in the world. I recognize that now and I will make the best of it. Sure, these past few years have been tough.20141222064512

But on the bottom of that article is a quote from Walt Disney “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me … You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

I sure hope he’s right because the kick in the teeth I’ve gotten isn’t one I want to sustain again. So, as this year ends I vow that some of my inefficient habits will die off. I vow to stop second guessing myself and to start taking leaps.

Quiet and Productive Time

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Ahh, the final two weeks of the year have arrived.

Sure it’s crazy-busy right now with the holiday approaching. There’s last-minute planning and shopping to take care of and, apparently, bad weather on it’s way to challenge the northeast as people travel on Thursday (Mother Nature challenged many of us on Thanksgiving, too).

But, as I mentioned last year, this is generally a very productive time of year for me.

My quiet time started on Friday and other than holiday-related plans, it will be quiet and I’ll be able to catch up on everything that I haven’t paid attention to for the last 5-6 weeks. Other than catching up on year-end invoices, my business commitments to clients are complete.

It’s nice to have quiet time to do what I want, whether it’s to catch up on To Do list items, or simply kick back and catch up on reading…

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