Eureka as a contract for each one came in offering outstanding advances, every author would sell a gazillion copies and be able to quit his day job, and all in the chain of publishing's lineup had fat bank accounts enabling them to go on exclusive getaway vacations.
Yes, well, the above has to be labeled Fiction and truthfully is a boring story at that. A story with out conflict or too many sweet moments one after the other is...well boring.
Really we ask? Really?
Rather we might remark, welcome to my life. A life where I have re written this story so many times I can't stand it anymore. Where my bum goes numb because I spend so much time sitting at my desk- pounding out my dreams and having hope deferred over and over again. Coffee no longer helps energize me and my dog or cat and even the fish in the bowl stares in a different direction not knowing how they can encourage me anymore, my sighs depressing even their constant optimism. I am sure my agent cringes when I call her/ him and my husbands or wife's favorite refrain is, Show Me the Money.
Maybe it is time for a vacation. A break.
Rest is something we must have in order to refresh ourselves and renew our vision and passion.
It is a good thing that this 4th of July holiday falls in the middle of the week and messes with our routine. And here in Western North Carolina it is raining. The fireworks might have to be delayed and all of our best laid plans might have to be as well. Which leaves us with a break in our schedule that we all probably need more than we are willing to admit.
My radio is broken in my car. That might seem like a random comment. But seriously when I am driving from point A to B, I have nothing that can distract me. In these mountains I do not always get a strong cell signal. I am left alone with God and myself. It has been a revelation to me that I can enjoy that time, allow myself this enforced downtime and even enjoy it.
I encourage you all to unplug. Schedule your tweets and FB posts ahead of time and 'go off the grid'. Stretch the holiday into a long weekend. RELAX. Do not look at your to-do list. But keep a notebook handy. I know you will get inspired, so yes, jot down that thought but resisting turning on your computer. Save it for later. Your tiny note will jog your memory later on.
I hereby give you permission to take a break. Author Bob Hostetler offers you some suggestions here how you might do that. (Thanks to anonymous for sharing one of Bob's prayers in the comment section.)
Happy 4th you all!
See you next week!