Monday, February 18, 2013

Yup, it's Like That

Being a writer is like this:



I laughed at this scene because I live it so many times a day. As a writer, most days you think you're a full on manic-depressive--bouncing off the walls one minute, crawling the floor in agony the next.

Minute #1: "Look, an agent wants my manuscript! Yay!" *happy dance* *high fiving the cat* *doing cartwheels* *making macho faces at the microwave* "Who's the awesomest writer? Oh yeah. You're looking at her!"

Minute #2: *staring at document in terror* "I-I can't send this. No." *clutching literary baby to chest* "I won't let them hurt you. I won't let anyone hurt you." *holding book away* "But if I really love you, I have to let you go." *trembling* "He/she's going to hate you. I know it. We can't bear another rejection. Why? WHY, CRUEL WORLD?!"

We all have our confidence battles, right? But ultimately Rapunzel was right to get out of her tower and discover the world. I guess it's a universal truth, and who couldn't use a little "Rapunzel" optimism every now and again?

And because of that, I've decided that instead of sitting back and observing (like I've done for the last couple years,) I'm going to hop on board the Blogging from A to Z challenge in April. *deep breath* Will I see you there?

What are you struggling with right now? And are you listening to Rapunzel or Flynn?

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  1. Glad you are on board for the Challenge!!!
    I'm Flynn. Takes a lot to rattle me.

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    1. Yeah, but I think you're the opposite of Flynn in this example--the positive voice encouraging people out the door, as opposed to the reverse. ;)

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  2. I can totally relate! I love this scene as well. And you might've just convinced me to do the A-Z. I've never done it before but I need something to get my blog going again :)

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    1. Michelle, that would be great! Then you and I can suffer *ahem* grow together!

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  3. I think it's a great idea! I'm going to go in.

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  4. Yes, Crystal, you'll see me on the A-Z. It's super-exciting!

    I hear you on the manic depressive stuff but . . . CONGRATS!!!!!!!

    Love the video clip. :D

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    1. Thanks! I look forward to your entries as well.

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  5. Hahaaa, yes, that is exactly what it's like with the manuscript. lol I will not be joining the AtoZ thingy though...that might make me more nuts than I already am. :-)

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    1. Jessica, understandable. That's why I've sat on the sidelines for the last couple years. Too much crazy.

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  6. Actually I'm struggling with organizing my life enough to do the AtoZ this year! I crawled across the finish line in 2012, tongue dragging. Here's to making it through April. I'll look for your posts.

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    1. Good for you--knowing what you can realistically crunch. I think some of us have a tenancy to leap first.

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  7. I've done A-Z the last 2 years and will be back this year too. I love it. Always a good time! And I've been meaning to tell you I read your pitch mad entry and it is fantastic! You are such a star with all those requests and the story sounds so great. So nicely written. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

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    1. Aw, thanks Pk. *blushing* Looking forward to you A-Z posts!

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  8. That is hilarious, and so true! I'm attempting the A-Z challenge too for the first time.

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    1. LOL. Kerri, you jumping in is kind of what pushed me over the edge. Way to be a good...er...an influence. (*disclaimer* "Good" will be subject to post-insanity evaluation after much cheese consumption.)

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  9. You are so funny. There are so many things in life that are like that. So many decisions that we go over and over about. Back and forth with. I am sure your book will be amazing, and I can't wait to read it!

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    1. It's completely true, but I wonder if some other things in life take this dramatic a shift. Really, it's extreme. I haven't experienced anything else with as much distance between the emotional ups and downs--except for in romantic relationships as a teen.

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  10. It sounds like you've been experiencing some anxiety around pursuing what you want, and moving forward in the face of the anxiety -- that's definitely what my life has been about of late. I'm about to release the first episode of my online animated musical, and as you can imagine that's not without its scariness and challenges. But there is definitely an aliveness to it.

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    1. Amen, Chris. Any time you put your baby out for people to see there's a moment of terror, followed compulsive refresh-button pushing, and ulcer-inducing stomach problems. "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." =)

      Here's to jumping off the edge! *lifting cheese wheel in salute*

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  11. Love that movie and that scene in particular. Welcome aboard to the Challenge!! :)

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  12. My husband doesn't get "it." The high moments balance with the low moments...

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    1. Thankfully (or unfortunately) my hubby and I take on creative endeavors together, so we experience the highs and lows together. It might be nice to have one of us stable and grounded. ;)

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  13. Ha, yes! We writers are definitely a schizo lot. We have our ups and downs...and ups and downs. :)

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Hit me with your cheese!