Aren't plants amazing? Seriously. You put a little seed in some dirt and weeks later, voila! Food and flowers appear. How is gardening like a writing career? So glad you asked.
1. Plant food and fertilizer: Plants grow better when fed, and my RWA meetings, online classes and craft books supply that for my writing career. Sometimes, the fertilizer is shit, as in a publisher does me wrong, I get a nasty review, etc. Manure helps with growth also, if I use it the right way and learn the lesson from each negative encounter. (I have to put in a plug for Mary the Muse Charmer and Cassandra Carr, two authors I recently took online classes with. Awesome, both of them!)
2. Sunshine: Kind words from friends, good reviews and that happy email or call when a book is accepted at a publisher works as sunshine for me. I need a lot of it, so I continually talk to wonderful people and share happy news and keep putting out those books.
3. Water: Cooling and refreshing, I equate this to rest. Some days I have to say "enough" and take a break. I don't write anything strenuous and maybe even use my spare time just to read or watch television. Naps, brunch and shopping with a friend, wine and dinner with another, getting to bed early enough to rock my honey's world, those are the ways I recharge my batteries and stay invigorated.
Enjoy these pictures of my garden. More will follow as the plants go crazy!