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Adjust or Fall by the Wayside

9 Dec

003Welcome back my friends. Whether you know it or not, you are, collectively, a great source of inspiration and motivation for me, and I greatly appreciate each one of you.

What’s happening in my life? I still haven’t heard back from that agent who requested my manuscript, but she has three more weeks to respond, so we’ll just sit and wait patiently.  LOL

Meanwhile, I finished my first draft of “Shadows Kill” and am working diligently on the second draft.  I should be ready for an editor in three weeks….let’s say, Christmas.

The animals are all doing well and surviving the winter; probably adjusting to the cold better than I am, quite frankly.

And that brings us to today’s topic.


Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.


Ludwig Wittgenstein


I love that quote!




Making adjustments….two things come to mind when I think of the daily adjustments we must go through in life:


One, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and two, there is no point in beating a dead horse.


The first part of that message has to do with over-thinking our writing career.  Remember that this is a marathon and not a sprint.  The greats who came before you had to pay their dues, and you have to as well.  That means that simply because you don’t see immediate rewards does not mean you are doing something wrong.


The second part refers to the opposite end of the spectrum.  If you’ve been doing the same thing over and over for years, and seeing no reward, then it is probably time for a change of approach.


Figuring out where you sit in that spectrum is a key to success.



Schedule a time monthly to appraise how you are doing as a writer.  Depending on how that appraisal goes, it may be time to either continue what you are doing or make adjustments to your game plan.





For my visual learners, I give you this prompt.




Today I’m going to give a shout out to a pretty successful writer, but one you may not have heard of.  His name is F. Paul Wilson, and he has written a series of novels about a character named Repairman Jack.  If you enjoy books about the occult, with a liberal sprinkling of mystery and fantasy, Wilson’s books will delight you.  Give them a try.




I’m going to give another word of praise for Janet Reid.  You can find her blog by following this link.  I have found her to be very professional, encouraging, and helpful, and if you are serious about getting published, you would do well to follow her blog for an insight into the mind of a professional literary agent.




It’s time to get to work, so I’ll leave you for today. Thanks, again, for always being here. Have a great week and remember, if you should ever want to do a guest posting on this blog, just get in touch with me.

Oh, hey, today’s article on HP is my 900th.   I like that number. J




“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”