Lessons from the Case of the Semi-Pilfered Hooch…

How’s it going? I went to a wedding over the weekend. I had a great time, and I ended that post over here with a line about other partygoers and booze that wasn’t exactly theirs.

I made the point to dodge nearly everything about the uninvited booze drinkers.

Until today. Let’s get to it.

Was it right? No. Were people being charged per drink that was drunk? No, but that doesn’t make it right. It’s also a bit of a downer to me that the best way whoever-it-was thought to get the booze was to basically swipe it (I’m related to a super-congenial lot of people, and someone would have at least tried to figure out a solution if someone asked about getting more booze). And I mean “swipe” here as in “drink without asking.” I’m pretty sure the bottles didn’t go anywhere.

I’m not here to rant and rave about things, just to say a couple of things that really do pertain to writing, at least most of the time (and usually with my writing).

Do the best you can do. Kinda strange to start off that way, but I think that’s important to anything, writing especially. And more so if things are going to be sold using that writing. The groom’s mom (a cousin of mine) did the best she could to make sure everything went well for her son’s wedding.

Some things are beyond your control. In fact a lot of things are. That’s become painfully clear to me. You can determine what to do about something that isn’t going to plan with your writing, though. This idea of beyond your control may come into play more if you’ve submitted your writing to a critique group, your writing gets rejected by the market you picked out for it, or any one of a dozen other things. I’m saying this one to myself, too: “If you can’t control it, let it go.” My stress in life went way down when I realized if I didn’t have direct control over something, then it wasn’t my problem (I need to work on slapping negative feelings down, though, when they creep up).

In view of #2, some things can’t be fixed. With manuscripts, emails, subject lines, or what-have-ya, you can switch projects, or throw out pieces that aren’t working, or just put things away. You can’t throw party-goers into a manila folder and toss them in a filing cabinet, though.

An interesting thing about writing itself is that some people are naturally better at it, or are better marketers of what they’ve written.

Sometimes life is a crazy mix of things, and there are times when the only thing left to do is step back and make sure the wave of circumstances doesn’t knock you over.

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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