Thursday, September 23, 2010

WINDY WITH A CHANCE OF CUPCAKES

A writer's journey isn't easy. That's no secret.
I'm no exception to the rule. Here are some words of wisdom for those times when it seems really hard...

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~Henry Ford

My writer skies have been extremely windy lately. (I think I might even have 2nd degree windburn.) But I knew it would be a rough ride. I just have to buckle in and suck it up. I have to keep believing that one day, soon, my plane will take off.

Even after it does, it's inevitable that there will be turbulence. It's part of the journey. (I actually kind of enjoy turbulence--it's like being on a roller coaster in the sky.)

So until takeoff, I will try to appreciate the gusty breezes whipping against me. I'll keep pushing the hair from my face so I can try to enjoy the view of where I am (because it will look very different when I get where I'm going) and I'll ask the flight attendants to stop bring me cupcakes. (When did they start serving cupcakes on flights anyway? What happened to peanuts?)

*Those of you who are close with me will get the cupcake joke. To the rest of you, I'll explain in a future post.*

May your skies be perfect for whatever leg of the journey you are on. Oh, and remember that in case of a loss in cabin pressure to put on your oxygen mask before assisting others, note any and all emergency exits, and have a safe flight.

28 comments:

  1. What a great post. I really enjoyed the whole plane analogy. So true. Thanks!

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  2. I hate turbulence. I hate flying actually, because it terrifying, but I love going places, real or figurative. Go figure.

    Thanks Karen!

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  3. I love you. Hang in there, sweetheart. Lick the frosting off the cupcake and toss the rest away. *Hands you a napkin* *And some cheesecake*

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  4. As a pilot, I love the analogy and the quote about taking off into the wind. Here's an idea: when I was having trouble writing, back in 2003, I went and took flying lessons instead! I think getting my license helped me to write better. Living in Florida, you're in the ideal place to learn how to fly. :)

    Keep the faith, Karen. This period of discouragement will pass.

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  5. Great analogy. Just think if you didn't have any struggles you wouldn't have any good stories to tell.

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  6. So true... you know, someday we will look back and see the entire journey and be glad we did not give up just shy of our goals. Until then, we have to move forward with faith.

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  7. I don't like to fly! But I love traveling to new places, so I fly despite the fear. I know driving in a car is more dangerous than flying in a plane, but at least in the car I have control. In a plane I'm trusting technology I don't understand and a person I know nothing about. Eeeek!

    I like your thoughts on turbulence being like a "rollercoaster in the sky." I love rollercoasters, so I'll have to remember that the next time I'm in a plane and there's scary turbulence!

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  8. Love turbulence! It's like a free amusement ride! Wish I could say I feel the same for the turbulence in my writer skies. Hang glide in there!

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  9. Great, great analogy. Hang in there, girl. We're with you, we love you, and we've got your back! :-)

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  10. I'll send some hugs and happy thoughts your way, you send some of those cupcakes my way, m'kay? Preferably ones you haven't licked the frosting off... ;)

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  11. I loved the Henry Ford quote. We must be good sailors and use the sail to fill our sails, not fight uselessly against it.

    May the winds lift you up and set you closer to your dreams of publication. Thanks for dropping by my post and commenting. Roland

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  12. Ooops, I meant use the wind to fill our sails. Gotta love being in a rush to get to work and comment at the same time!

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  13. This is the most brilliant post of the week. So, so true. And so, so hard to learn/know/do. *hugs*

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  14. I second Elana's comment. Brilliant post.

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  15. Love you K. Awesome post :)

    Don't forget, you've got an awesome pilot, hehe.

    The best way to deal with cupcakes? EAT THEM. Then work out and burn them off.

    And I know you'll know what I mean there ;-)

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  16. Great imagery amidst the angst. It's a case of 'Hang on Dorothy, we're going for a ride!' No one promised an easy ride - so much sweeter when we get there! Meanwhile, enjoy the cupcakes - lately I've been baking vanilla with cranberries, pink icing and white chocolate buds on top. The deliciousness is to die for! A good creative activity between chapters..:)

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  17. Flying scares me. I'll fly but I don't like it. Great post, love the analogy.

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  18. I'm with Nicole, I'm terrified of flying. But still, great post. Good luck with everything!

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  19. Ha! That was wonderful. I needed my oxygen mask this week and was of little use to anyone until I did some deep breathing.
    Great painting of wild-wind-in-the-hair. Thanks you gave me a much-needed smile. :D

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  20. If the writing thing doesn't pan out, you'd make a great flight attendant ;-)

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  21. Great post. Turbulence is never fun.

    http://youcanfacetodaybecausehelives.blogspot.com

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  22. I love the comparison you've made here...but I'm sorry you're having a rough ride.

    *hugs*
    ~Lola

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  23. It's is a bumpy ride, but like you, I really love the turbulence :)

    You're going to make it Karen!

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  24. So i just stumbled upon this blog, link by link by link... and I have to say I am LOVING it! It's so my thing. Books, mermaids, pixies... what could be better! :D

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  25. Nice analogy, o inspiring one. It is said that the journey is more important than the arrival. I just need to remember that during those gale force storms. Wishing you a very merry flight and cloudless skies. x

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  26. Love this analogy! I'm going to try and remember this when my own winds start blowing. :o)

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  27. This was great- very encouraging! I think sometimes we forget that the storms, wind and the clouds also have things to teach us. Hang in there!

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