Once again it's Friday evening and I'm thinking about what to post. Since I usually write about what's on my mind, I might as well not hold back.
So many people out there don't understand blogging or networking. They are quick to tell me how useless and unsafe it is to blog. I was asked again today why I spend time posting writing exercises when I could be doing "something more constructive."
Sometimes I ask myself the same question. I could spend more time submitting manuscripts or cleaning my house. I will.
This blog isn't very old...less than two months or so. I started my blog to network with people like you, not to get rich. I confess (and I've told a few of you already) that in a couple years I plan to try to turn the activities that I post here into a book.
These little seemingly nothing activities inspire me to paint pictures with my words. They make me happy when they snap you out of your writer's block or when they unleash creativity in kids who think they can't write.
I used to make lots of money writing. I was blessed with lots of work and a creative mind. Now work is slow, but I'm as excited as ever when ideas tumble in my mind. I'm still filled with joy (that I hope all of you know) when I sit down to write. Making lots of money is not what dictates success.
Here's what I have decided. I'm sure it's been said before, but it's worth repeating... Success is a journey, not a destination. Words lead us on incredible journeys. It's the journeys that take my breath away.
Jason Burke has been taking a wonderful journey of his own. He has self-published two books. The first, "Recycled Again," is a light-hearted story with a subtle message or two. Written in a style like Shel Silverstein, "Recycled Again" is a green book about changing friendships and recycling. You can purchase Jason's book at amazon.com
Jason's second book is titled "Birthdays at Christmas." It combines a classic Christmas story with with wit and wonder. "Birthdays at Christmas" can be found at amazon.com too.
Another journey worth taking can be found at http://www.careandfeeingofthewildthings.com/ .
Amber's blog offers a contest that's being judged by none other than her twelve-year-old son. Give it a try! Send your students and kids there too. We can all have some creative frolicking! When kids and adults participate in the same activity it sends a message. The message is that writing is important and fun.
I'm curious. What is success to you as a writer? What is success to you as a teacher or homeschooler? Can you enjoy the journey or do you feel pressured by what other people think, say and expect? Please share.