Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cold

I forgot to write about a little adventure I had on Tuesday evening. I saw a posting on Craigslist about free pots and ornamental stone available at a house nearby who recently redid their garden. I jumped into the car and tootled over, but, of course, I was too late! Still, it got the adrenalin going for a few minutes!

There were all kinds of Earth Day events going on around here yesterday, which made me think I forgot Earth Day (although, when I looked it up, it’s actually tomorrow). I said something to one of the cashiers about forgetting, and she said, “Every day’s Earth Day on the Cape. We don’t need to set aside a special day.” Which is true, and pretty cool. Even little kids are environmentally aware, and excited. It’s so much fun to see the little kids at the recycling center. They’re so excited. The other day there was a toddler in pig tails whose Dad (with firm grip on her) let her put the newspapers into the big bin. When she was done, she jumped up and down, clapping her hands, saying, “I saved the Earth!” It was so cute!

One thing for which I have no patience is when people whine that they “don’t have time.” We all have exactly the same amount of hours in the day. It’s how we choose to use them that defines us. It’s not that the whiners “don’t have” time, it’s that they can’t manage the time they’ve got. If you freelance, you have to be great at time management or you’ll starve. If you want a writing career, you better learn how to manage your time, no matter what other demands there are on it. You make, steal, wrestle, and demand it. If you don’t, it means you don’t want it enough. Very simple. If you have to have a day job while you launch your writing career, you treat your writing as a second job, until it can replace the day job and be your only job. But, without making the commitment and seeing it through, it won’t happen. “Writing in batches” for a few days every few months isn’t going to build a career. You need consistency. You need stamina. You need to keep your name and your work out there in the form of smaller projects in between big projects. But, most importantly, you have to be willing to give up the time wasters you have in your life (and we all have plenty of those) and WANT it badly enough to stop procrastinating, sit down and DO IT. Don’t use that old excuse of not being able to do anything without a deadline. Set your own deadlines and stick to them. Because if you don’t commit and follow through, you won’t earn your way into a position where there’s an editor regularly cracking the whip. And, quite frankly, they get tired of it after awhile and expect you to act like a grown-up and a professional. No one owes you anything, because you say you want to write. You have to earn it. Part of that is making the time to actually sit down and write, no matter what.

No one will treat you as a professional unless you start acting like one. All of it — the creativity, the craft, the attitude — have to start with YOU.

One of the things that I love about living where I do now is that no one whines about time. No one says “they don’t have time”. They shut up, go do what they have to do, and then have the time to hang out with a glass of wine or do something else fun. It’s that typically Yankee mentality that I love so much — get it done and then have fun. No one’s rushing around like chickens with their heads cut off. There’s “service with a smile” (and usually a conversation) at the stores. No one is rushing, yet everything gets done efficiently, and people are pleasant. That’s the way it should be. Don’t get me wrong — most people here are wildly eccentric in their own unique ways. But individualism is prized, except among the snobby enclaves of “summer people” in the million dollar houses, and everyone’s happy to peacefully co-exist and enjoy each other’s eccentricities. AND they keep their word. It’s a nice change, and the kind of place I want to live.

Caught up on a lot of admin, especially for upcoming classes. If I’m not paid for the last class by today, I’ll have to send a (hopefully) diplomatic inquiry. Ran some errands, got the boxes that held the patio furniture to the dump, picked up cat food (biggest priority), and some groceries. Grabbed some Chinese take-out. That restaurant just cracks me up — the staff is so funny!

The next assignment for Confidential Job #1 arrived. I sat down, planning to just flip through it, but read the WHOLE THING — just over 300 pages. It was fantastic. I couldn’t put it down. So I’ll write it up and send it back, nearly a full two weeks before it’s due. After the last few assignments, which were kind of a slog, this was wonderful!

It’s sunny today, so I might actually get to clean up the back bed today, which would be lovely. I’ve got to figure out what to do with the small strawberry plants. I don’t want to kill them, they don’t really like to be transplanted, but I can’t put them into their final pots yet.

Back to the page for now — got some work to do on SPIRIT REPOSITORY.

Devon

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4 Comments

  1. Glad to see it’s looking milder there now for you. Enjoy getting outside in the garden.

  2. Great point about time wasters and whining. I know what wastes my time. When I’m busy, I avoid those things. If I can complete five projects in one day, there’s no excuse for any other writer. I’m ADD and I still manage to stay focused – it’s not that hard. Make what’s in front of you the most interesting thing in your life. Turn off the email, the phone, and the speakers on your computer. Be alone with your work and your thoughts.

  3. I don’t know about your strawberry plants, but the ones we had last year spread themselves all over our garden. They may be just fine when replanted. I’m not a writer, however now I’m worried my blog posts are whiny!
    Glad to hear you enjoyed your latest assignment from Confidential #1.
    Wishing you a fabulous day!

    • You NEVER whine and your blog posts are always a joy!


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