Something My Mom Told Me, Well, Lots of Times…

How was your weekend? Things were a little odd for me. No shopping, no paper, no comics, at least not for right now.

But I know things will be all right—even though the weekly Sunday shopping trip went up in smoke.

I actually worked during the time I usually shop.

And after all that jabbering about refresher courses and reviewing things, I realized I put my money where my mouth was (or is–never could get that visual right).

And so I edited those footnotes for about nine hours or so yesterday. Which means that…

To start with, I didn’t have a clue, except the book I needed to read, and the section I was looking at.

That took me some time, and formatting and checking the sources took me more time. This is education I’ll carry forward on the next manuscript I edit, which is no problem.

And except for some minor goofs and what-have-ya, my manager said I did a great job.

Which is nice.

And leads to the point of this post.

What Mom told me was…

There’s tedium in every job.

And these footnotes were kinda like that for me, mostly because of the unfamiliarity of it all.

Some things won’t be familiar, at first. And there might be some things in what you do, that you don’t like, no matter how long you work at it.

But those things still have to be done. That could be sketching a setting, laying backstory, testing emails for deliverability, or what-have-ya.

I’m just here to say there are times we have to push through things. Will those things make you stronger? If they’re a regular part of a worthwhile routine or habit, I’d say yes.

And I’m happy I went through with the footnotes, considering today, which involved work on another project. I wouldn’t have been able to do it all today. Juggling varied tasks can sometimes result in panic and frustration for me, especially if they’re closely related, or look bigger than they really are.

Remember, there’s tedium in every job. But as life (and footnotes) prove, some things still need to be dealt with, and done right.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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