Waiting

Patience is a virtue.  I’ve heard that. I believe it, to the core of my being. However, at this point in my life, virtue seems kind of overrated. Waiting to hear back from magazines I’ve submitted material too, waiting to be done with school and land the “dream” job, waiting for all of my hard work to be recognized.

*Sigh*. Maybe today. Dash to the mailbox. Will there be a letter? Did they like my work? More importantly, will they publish my work? Yes? No? Don’t call us, we’ll call you??

It’s worse. “Thank you for your submission…blah, blah,blah…not what we are looking for at this time…” .Rejection. Seems to be my middle name these days. One more to cross off the spreadsheet, one more to try again in six months.  For every success there are three rejections. I’ve heard that before. Doesn’t make it sting any less, but it is the nature of the business.

I wonder again, is this worth it? There’s no question that it is, though sometimes I overthink it. If my words only touch one person, it was all worth it. If I never publish my work besides in my small spot on cyber space, that’s okay too. If I made you smile today, if because of my words you know you aren’t alone, leave me a comment.

Those of you out there who are also writers, how do you deal with the inevitable rejection?

Slow Out of the Gate

I’ll admit it…I’m having a hard time getting motivated. Every day I get started with the best of intentions. Coffee? Check. Doodle pad? Check. Music? Check. Motivation? Sigh…not so much. I find myself staring out the window, daydreaming. Or checking my Facebook page only to look up and discover I have wasted an hour on Candy Crush.

Ok, so maybe I need a change of scenery. Maybe I’ll walk the dog. Fresh air, sunshine (what there is of it)…that’s what I need. Fast forward thirty more minutes. At least I got my exercise. Fresh coffee, maybe a little morning tv…zzzzzzzzz! Wait, are you kidding me? How can it be noon already! I don’t even have anything thawing out for dinner!

Staying organized and working from home is a daunting task. Definitely not for the unmotivated individual. Unfortunately, more often than not, I have two or three days a week that go exactly like this one. These are the days that I miss the old nine to five, where work was work and home was home.

Working from home sounds like a dream job to most. However, the other side of that coin is that you live at your job. You may spend the whole day in your pj’s, but you also never get to clock out. Especially as a mom, there is always something that needs to be done, some mundane task that will cause your life to come to a screeching halt if it isn’t dealt with.

So to my readers out there who also work from home, what motivates you to keep moving forward? How do you avoid distractions and keep charging ahead, even when all you want to do is binge watch Netflix all day?

Back in the Saddle Again!

I’ve mentioned to you how much I love the holiday season, right? That being said, I kind of love when it is over too! For me, the holiday season really ends today, since it is my youngest child’s birthday. She is nineteen today, which I can hardly believe. Happy Birthday, Baby Girl…you know you are my world!

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Allysson Renee, 2000

So today, I am officially back to work. The festivities and fanfare are over. Things I have neglected for the past two months are back on the front burner. Does this happen to all of you too? It seems that we become so focused on creating the perfect holiday that suddenly we wake up and it is over, and here is the dogpile of things that have been neglected, that perhaps we have not even thought about in that time.

My inbox is full of jobs that need to be bid upon, Mount Washmore sits on my laundry room floor, my daughter can’t find the one band t-shirt (out of about forty) that just has to be on her back when she goes back to school. The list is endless it seems of the things that have been long forgotten in the wake of the holidays.

So, how do you eat an elephant,folks? That’s right…one bite at a time. I’m going in ya’ll! See you on the other side! Until then, check my upcoming works page…there is a new blurb there for you to enjoy.

As always, leave me some feedback in the comments!

Love and Laughter!

Michelle