Monday, October 05, 2009
So last week was a little rocky, but that's life. If it was always smooth sailing, we'd get bored. Sometimes we need to be shaken a little to get us moving in new directions. I've refocused my energies on the novel I've started writing. Of course there's no pay for this novel until I write it and sell it, which makes it a risky endeavor. I believe in this idea and I think it's really got potential, so I'm going to devote a few hours each day to this and see if I can't get it done.
I'm impatient. Have I mentioned that? Like the scarves I started to knit that turned to pot holders, my past attempts at novels either never manifested beyond a few pages, were truly horrid concepts or became poems or short stories. So this is a test, but after writing in this blog every day for an entire year several years back, I'm sure I can do it.
I'm heading to Toronto this weekend to present an item for Ott-Lite on The Shopping Channel. I've never sold their products before, but I'm a big fan and I really believe in what they make. I'm excited to travel to a new place, though I'm afraid I won't get to see much of it as I'll be doing a 24 hour stint with small breaks in between.
I may be a little quiet on this blog here for a while, but I'll be back soon.
Friday, October 02, 2009
I had an idea. It was a really good idea if I do say so myself and I just did. I spent over a year working really hard on this idea. I researched it. I contemplated it. I nurtured it. I worked to make it a totally marketable and viable concept.
My mistake was...I didn't listen to my intuition.
Now my idea is dying. There is nothing I can do at this point except try to keep it alive...and at some point...if I can not...I'll have to let it go. Everything has a season, every idea has a time frame. Success happens when the right idea meets the right moment.
I have a lot of ideas. I'm always chasing rainbows. At any given moment I've got about ten or more ideas simmering. I accept that if just one of them boils, those are damn good odds, but this idea was special.
My advice, hard earned as it is, is to always follow your intuition. Don't be swayed by shiny things. Shiny things are often not so shiny upon further inspection. If you have a gut feeling and it's telling you to change course, do it. It may not be easy, but the destination will most definitely be better. You are the captain of your ship, so don't go handing the wheel over to someone else. They can help you chart your course, but you have got to keep your hands on the wheel and you have got to trust your instincts. Always.
We live, we learn.