How’s it going? By the way, Fiction and Copy Decoded raced by 400 posts already. I think this one will be #404. So the one right before last week’s Triple F would have been 400.
Anyway, let’s get to it for today. I thought I’d continue with the fall-type theme I started with over this way.
As I was out mowing, I realized that, for the first time this year…
I felt a little cold.
Mowing in 80 degree weather or better is a lot different than mowing in 65 degree weather. And it was breezy on Monday too, which was good for not sweating–which is a lot better than getting a small case of heat exhaustion.
I also noticed that all the time I’m outside, I’m not bothered by the waves of soybean-chaff-like stuff rolling out from behind the machines, but when I get inside, I have a stuffy nose. Hmm…seems like hay fever or something, methinks. I could take allergy pills, sure, but I don’t know if I want to deal with possible side effects. (Or it could be I want to be macho and sweat it out–being uncomfortable is different than feeling like there’s a civilization of angry dwarven miners dragging their pickaxes along my sinuses). All I get is a minor stuffy nose, and that’s it. I’m not sure whether it’s because the dude who farms the land planted beans out behind the house this year, and not corn. And those beans were done and down yesterday, behind the house (there are several old farm buildings here, on about 3 acres I think–so the combine isn’t rattling the kitchen windows when it harvests or anything like that).
What’s my point here?
Just like fall is a big change for me, it also mirrors changes and challenges for me with my writing, or it can, depending on how you look at it.
As writers we have to adjust a lot of times, if conditions aren’t ideal–if clients leave or get fired from their jobs, depending on who you were working with, or what-have-ya.
Getting your work rejected if you’re a fiction writer is an adjustment too, but it’s all in your head (no pun intended, it literally is–and I’m at the top of the list of people who need to hear that, and often).
Actually making the ideal conditions isn’t the topic of this post–I mean if you find yourself in a situation that you maybe backed into. This is also not about launching into a new venture that makes us uncomfortable–I guess you could call that less than ideal (that’s what I call being “nervously stretched” or venturing into new territory). The best option could be to cut ties and leave, but sometimes we can’t do that, or not right away.
Sometimes we can control things, and other times we can’t–or maybe we only think we can’t.
Sometimes conditions are like soybean chaff, but we have the option to pick up the pill bottle for stuffy noses, for one.
But there are other times we have to wait out the conditions (which is why it’s good to have several projects running at once, if you can handle that type of thing).
Until next time,