Monday, May 16, 2011

Waiting for the Dream

The journey of a writer is a microcosm for life's journey. (I know I sound way too philosophical for a Monday, but stay with me.) It's a rollercoaster ride - ups and downs, twists and turns, highs and lows, dips, spins, speed up, slow down, fasten your seatbelt, keep your hands inside... you get the idea. The biggest and most frustrating part, however, isn't the ride at all. It's the waiting in line before the ride. You know that hot summer Saturday when you had to go to the amusement park or you'd bust. So, you wait in line, sunglasses strapped to your face, sun beating down, only to wait hours before you even see the ride. This is the writer's journey.
Line of People
We wait, and wait, and wait. When our writing and revising are done, we jump in the car on the way to our amusement park - agent, editor, release date, best seller's list, reviews, etc. Overjoyed and full of adrenaline, we stand in line waiting patiently to make it to the front. After what seems like an eternity, we sit on the ride, throw our hands in the air, and scream - sometimes from excitement, sometimes from fear. Then, it's over. The ride ends and if we kept down our lunch, if our hands stop shaking, if it wasn't all for nothing, we make our way to the next line and the next ride.
Writers wait more than most professionals, but isn't life the same way? We throw ourselves into that which is most important. We give our heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears, only to often have to wait for the outcome - whether good or bad. We can't control the end result. A child that works hard to get good grades, must wait to see the results of exams. A high school student sends out college applications and waits to see what school will accept him. A young adult, newly thrown into the job market, applies and waits, praying for an interview, an acceptance. A couple plans for their future and must wait - planning a wedding, starting a family, buying a house, etc. Even as we grow older, we wait. We wait for retirement, for children to leave the house, to take that dream vacation, to save for an investment. But, that's the point in the end, waiting is part of the journey. It makes our desires that much more valuable because we worked toward - and waited for - our dream.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award and 7 Random Facts

When I started this blog, I did so with apprehension. What could I possibly offer the writing community? Would readers be interested in my words? Did I really have advice to give?

In a few short months, all of those worries have disappeared. I've gained so much from interacting with other writers, readers, reviewers and bloggers. It's introduced me to an entire community of gracious and caring people. I am more than thankful to be a part of it.

One of those amazing people - and talented writers - is Anita Grace Howard. Not only has she consistently commented on my blog, encouraging me to continue the pursuit, but she's given me my first blog award!

Stylish Blogger Award

And now, I get to pass on this award to five stylish bloggers! But first the rules of the award...

1. Thank and link to the person(s) who nominated you.
2. Share seven random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to five blogging buddies.
4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.

Here's my 5 blogging buddies who are more than deserving of this award...

1. Heather McCorkle
2. J. A. Souders
3. Roni Loren
4. Yelena Casale
5. Lisa Gail Green

And now 7 random facts about me...

I Love ZYXNumber 1: I can recite the alphabet backwards. I learned this little trick when I was ten years old for a talent competition. My cousin and I created a rap about it, but we didn't win.

FeetNumber 2: I can't bend my left big toe. I broke it when I was young and didn't know it. It hurt, but I figured - eh, it'll heal. It did and it's straight, but I lost the ability to bend it. Poor big toe.

Number 3: I'm a black belt in traditional Shotokan karate through JSKA. I'm also a certified instructor through Long Island University. Osu!

Big Bird Visits Granny Bird Book Cover
Number 4: I nicknamed my grandmother, Granny Bird, when she read my favorite story, Big Bird Visits Granny Bird, to me as a child. The name stuck twenty years later, although it now has variations of GBird and Bird.

Number 5: I once had a cat named Oreo. My husband (then boyfriend) refused to call him Oreo, however, and named him the notorious C. A. T. instead.

InuYasha Manga CoverNumber 6: I'm a HUGE fan of Japanese anime, but I haven't watched as many in recent years. My all time favorite animes are Fushigi Yuugi, Ayashi no Ceres and Inuyasha.

Number 7: I get my best story ideas in the shower. One day, I'm going to create a waterproof computer and I'll probably never leave the shower again.

I hope you enjoyed those random facts! Please visit the award recipients' blogs and show your support! Thank you for being wonderful readers and letting me be a part of this community.