In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt
What I would love to do today is to quit my job and throw my full efforts into writing and attempting to publish. But, I’m the breadwinner in my family so no drastic, grand gestures allowed. Trouble is, I’m good at those. I like change. I don’t like poverty though so I’m sticking with gainful employment. So what’s the next best decision Discipline. Sitting down every day and writing, editing, researching, networking, and the rest of it. This would be what I am not good at.
I’m not patient. I procrastinate. When I should be researching publishers suddenly I must, just absolutely must, run a load of laundry, answer work emails, take a call, feed the dog, mop the floor, hoover up that cobweb in the corner of my office and kill the spider that launches itself alien-style at my face.
I work from home which ups the challenge factor. Why? Because I’m never off-duty. My laptop and phone are right there, 24/7 and I can let myself get sucked into work at any time. My industry is 24/7 as well and if you want to do it, you can work right around the clock. Life itself is full of distractions and they are sweet temptation when the alternative is the hard and rejection-filled work of getting published.
I did little today towards that effort other than finally writing an entry on this blog. Well, today that will have to be enough. As Teddy says, at least I didn’t do nothing.