Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#IWSG

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October is here! Wow...
 
Well, the year is almost at a close. I had hoped to publish something this year, to keep the momentum going, but alas, it didn't happen. I stalled out a bit. I submitted a few queries but that's about it. I'm currently in rewrites and enjoying every minute of it.
 
But I still have that nagging sensation in the back of my mind that I shoulda, coulda, woulda, but didn't do more.
 
It's hard to balance life with life. It's hard to balance the mind with the soul.
 
What defines being successful? an agent? a book deal? making more money than you know what to do with?
 
Right now I'll settle for being healthy, having a job, being with family, and enjoying the moment.
 
I'm good with that.
 
How about you?
 
 


14 comments:

  1. I know this will sound strange, but here I go anyway. If you want to make a list of lifetime goals, write your own obit. All the things we want to be remembered for will be there. It usually starts with family...:-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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    1. I'm reading Stephen Covey and he says to start with the end in mind. I haven't written mine yet. :)

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  2. Hi,
    I honestly believe success is defined differently by everyone. I wanted to be published by this year also Didn't make it. There were deficits that I had to fill and filling those deficits so that I now know what I know let me taste success. So hang in there. You've got your priorities in the right order and that's what counts.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

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  3. Cheesy to say, but success is a fluid thing. I say this as an unpublished writer- Success to me is staying on the path I've outlined for myself, working hard, creating, loving, being loved. Sure, I'd like some of those other things, but that will take care of itself, I hope.

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    1. Not cheesy at all. You're right. Sometimes we lose track of what that means. It's great to be reminded. :)

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  4. Love the Disney quote! Best of luck continuing with your passion.

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  5. You have to appreciate all the good in your life and it sounds like you have a great life. And there's always next year for publishing.

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    1. True. Sitting at the desk is success. :)

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  6. Oh gosh... Don't get me started on what defines success, especially in this business. I'm no expert, but from my writing experiences I've decided to write what makes me tick. I write from my gut and heart. I just can't write to please others or to give them something to sell.

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  7. It sounds like you have the right attitude on real success. It's definitely not agents, book deals, bestseller lists, or tons of money, although those things are nice too. I feel like I remained at a standstill for a year and a half. It's only since July that I feel like I'm doing things again, even if publishing something may take longer than I'd like. Life likes to get in the way, and sometimes we should let it because friends, family, etc. won't be around forever.

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  8. Those shoulda, coulda, wouldas do haunt us, but you have the right idea. Push on forward and enjoy the moment. :) Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

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  9. You have the right, as an author to take time off when you need it. It doesn't mean you are out of the game. As for me, I have a YA novel coming out in December, so no rest for me. LOL.

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