Before we get down to it…
Happy Birthday, Dad! Love you!
Okay. This week (yesterday, in fact), we in the Northern Hemisphere saw summer officially arrive. Some of us have been feeling it for weeks. Months, even. But it’s finally here, and I’m glad to welcome it. Something about the sun puts a smile on my face.
Nothing about pollen does, but we take the good with the bad.
And speaking of the bad, that brings me to my inspirational quote of the week.
It’s been a rough week for me. I swear I caught some kind of plague. It made work rough; I usually give my employers 5,000 words a day (minimum) Monday through Friday. I fell short of word count all week and missed a soft deadline by one day. Something I’ve never done in my life. As it so happens, the work was completed before it was needed, anyway. The soft deadline was more of an estimate than a hard line. Maybe I can count my record as still intact.
My mother-in-law had it rougher. She had just ended physical therapy from a life-threatening illness she contracted last autumn. She battled really hard to regain her memories, her hand-eye coordination, her ability to walk. Her only problem was a small balance issue, and everyone was certain she’d get that back, too. Then she had an accident—fell and broke what we thought was her hip. Turned out to be her femur. It required surgery to put a rod in to repair the bone. Now she’s back in in-patient rehab.
Clearly my issue is far less serious than hers. But I bring up these situations because we have something in common. We aren’t quitters.
I wanted to do nothing but sleep through this stupid cold or flu or whatever it is I have. But I had family obligations and work obligations. And I managed to get them done. During my mother-in-law’s earlier illness, doctors didn’t think she’d survive. She did. They didn’t think she’d get her mental acuity back. She did. They said she’d never walk again. She did. And I’m convinced she’ll recover from this, too. Wouldn’t surprise me if she made it to the beach this summer.
When we’re faced with adversity, we have two options: fight or flight. I choose fight. What about you?
And now, this week’s industry links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Marketing Tips | Story Empire
- Romance 101: Definitions and Categories | Romance University
- Book Review: Cusp of Night by Mae Clair | Staci Troilo
- Plate of Peas Plotting Concept | Story Empire
- Romance 201: Plotting | Romance University
- Friday Cover Share (Cusp of Night and The Alternative) | Story Empire
- Romance 301: Sexual Tension | Romance University
Posts by others in the industry:
- Writing the Perfect Newsletter | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Writing a Memorable Acknowledgment | Standout Books
- Writing Based on a True Story | The Write Practice
- Lead Generation Report | Tom Morkes
- Advice to New Writers | Fiction University
- List/Links of Great Writing Tips | Stevie Turner
- Copyright Laws Changing | QWF Writes
- Crafting Fictional Cultures | Well-Storied
- 8 Tips for Assessing Critique Comments | Fiction University
- Literary Agents Talk Social Media Strategies | BookBub
- Writing Effective Chase Scenes | Ryan Lanz
- Thoughts on Self-Editing | Connie J. Jasperson
- Anatomy of a Landing Page | Nicholas C. Rossis
- Top 4 Q&A with Publishing Experts | Morgan Hazelwood
- About Serials | Fiction University
Have a great weekend!