I suppose every week can’t be as good as the one I experienced a short while ago. Life is about ups and downs and swings and roundabouts so it’s natural that some days/weeks/months/years are better than others.
But I feel low. This challenge has given me a sharp wake up call as to what I can and can’t do and how realistic (or not, in some cases) my expectations of myself are. That’s a good thing. It’s important to know one’s limitations and in so doing, be able to plan one’s projects in a sensible way. I just wish I could have figured it out in a slightly different way. Meh.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. I should mention that I received a very pleasant surprise on Thursday that forms an excellent counterpoint to my current, blinding misery (yes, that’s a slight exaggeration, but I’m a writer. I’m allowed to do that).
I wrote a letter to Writer’s Forum last month. I can’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but it was the group task for the Phoenix Subs Club. I wrote several other things too, but this letter, that I pinged out on a whim in five minutes on a dark and manky Tuesday, has been published in their letters section! I’m so thrilled! In fact, when I read the pages on Thursday I was so stunned that I actually screamed aloud. Frightened Sprog2 half to death and then had to spend the next ten minutes calming him down. Sprog1 barely looked up from the TV, by the way.
The letter is published under my true name (which I never write here, though you can find it on Twitter and over at The Write Feeling) and is titled ‘Fair Weather Writer.’ If you’re interested in writing magazines, or if Writer’s Forum is a mag you read already, look me up. I’m in there and I’m sooooo happy!
Right. Digressions over, I suppose I should tell you how I’m doing with the challenge:
I should stop bloody whining; this looks a hell of a lot better than I thought it would. In fact, I’m nearly there. Heh, okay, I take it all back. :p
Okay guys, how are you all getting on? All well I hope! We’re nearly at the end; the finish line is in sight!