Happy Friday! What a week, huh? When I was considering this week’s quote, two came to mind.
- If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.
- The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
I chose this one, instead:
And here’s why.
The first quote, while humorous, makes God sound a bit sadistic. I don’t think He laughs when our plans go awry, especially if His plans for us are why. My best-laid plans this week didn’t come to fruition, and I know it wasn’t funny.
The second was more for when we think we’re helping but situations only get worse. While I would say some of my days this week went to hell, this wasn’t why.
So, I finally chose the Allen Saunders quote. I think it fits best.
My work plans are ambitious but achievable. This is the first time I fell short in a long time, though. I hope to make it up this weekend, but I was looking forward to the time off.
The reason I fell short was because of interruptions to my routine. My daughter was in (yet another) car accident and one of my dogs needed an unexpected procedure, both of which took time away from work. I’m lucky; I work from home. My husband doesn’t, and he wasn’t around to handle these things.
We’re blessed. Our daughter is fine — just a headache which we wanted her to get checked (she just got over a concussion), but she said the pain went away. And our dog does not have cancer, so that’s cause for celebration.
But I posted this not-too-inspirational quote as a reminder. We may have plans, but maybe we should also plan for things to change. Life happened to me this week when my plans fell apart. As it stands, I only lost time. Things could have been a lot worse. So, as this week winds to a close, I’m playing catch-up, but I’m also grateful for my blessings. And I’m going to try to move forward without creating such rigid and lofty goals. I’m forty-seven, for Pete’s sake. It’s time I learn to build in a buffer because, let’s face it, things don’t always go according to plan.
And now, this week’s links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- What I Learned from the Garry Shandling Bio | Staci Troilo
- Basic Plots: Tragedy | Story Empire
- Geographically Speaking | Romance University
- National Librarian Week | Story Empire
- High Concept | Romance University
- Friday Book Share: The Railway Man | Story Empire
- Writing a Series Ending | Romance University
Posts by others in the industry:
- A Video Primer | Morgan Hazelwood
- Chapter Size and Dialogue | Kill Zone
- Changes in Twitter | The Write Conversation
- Photo Editing | A Booknerd Travels
- Moving Past the Idea Stage | Fiction University
- Defining the Protagonist Through Relationships | Fiction University
- Changes to WordPress | Perfect Chaos
- How to Not Mess Up a Series | Writers Helping Writers
- Scene Endings | Standout Books
- Indie Pub News | Don Massenzio
- Mastering “Show, Don’t Tell” | Fiction University
- Details about Suppressors (a must-read for writers using “silencers” in their stories) | Kill Zone
- BookBub Launch Tools | BookBub
- Finding Conflict in Your Story | The Write Practice
- Writing Immersive Settings | Well-Storied
- Cozies vs. Cutsies (Mystery SubGenres Defines) | Kill Zone
Wishing you all a happy weekend!