Sunday, 29 March 2009

Tea induced euphoria and other stuff

Even though I received one of those "R" things this morning (well technically it was yesterday but I didn't check the email until today) I'm still in a good place. The sun is shining, I had a lovely walk with the dog (even though I did have to drag him away from the flirty little collie down the street that was giving him the glad eye. the minx!)I can smell the cake that is cooking in the oven and I'm feeling optimistic about the future. "What's she on?" I hear you cry. Tea is the answer. I've had nothing stronger than a good old fashioned cuppa for hours so my good mood is induced by nothing stronger than that.
Remember that poetry that I submitted a while ago? Well that was also "R'd" this week but hey ho, that's life I suppose. No point letting it get you down. Just take it on the chin and get on with it.
Maybe you also remember that I said that I would submit seven things in March. Well I did but I don't feel good about it. Which wuld be better? Submitting seven mediocre pieces just to say that I'd achieved what I set out to do or one good piece that's pitched just right. I'm thinking that it's the latter.
Therefore, from now on I will be concentrating on quality rather than quantity. I'm not saying that the pieces that I've sent out weren't ready to go or weren't pitched at what I thought was the right market. I think that they were all fine and I wouldn't have sent them if I didn't think that they were ready but I do think that I need to adopt the mantra that I use in my day job. It's not a new thing and I'm sure you've all heard it before but it's "Work smarter not harder."
I don't have a lot of time for writing although I do spend a lot of time thinking about writing. I think that the crux of the previous paragraph is that I need to work smarter in my writing in general. I need to organise my time and my efforts better. I need to be more oganised.
Sadly for me being organised is not one of my strong points. Having said that I am organised with the day job.
Maybe there is hope for me.


Annie Wicking said...

Maybe that's what I need too. A manta though'Work Smarter, not Harder' sounds good to me.

Sorry you had a R thing again, still you have another six pieces of work to go so my fingers are cross for you.

I don't know whether it's a good sign for me or not but my story has been with the nice people at PF for a week now... here's

Gonna be a writer said...

Definately keeping my fingers crossed for you with the PF story Annie.
As for the R thing, it's all part of the game. Not nice though.

Dar said...

Gosh, the fact that you can come up with so much to submit, whether or not you think it's less than what you are capable of, it is stil very impressive, especially when you say you don't have much time to write.

If your words flow that well from you, you have the option of writing half as much and still coming up with a mitt full of Gems. Having time to polish them up nice and shiny like is a very good idea. :)

Gonna be a writer said...

The words flow better some days than others Dar but I guess that's the same with everyone. I think that time is relative. I don't think that I have a lot of time to write or I don't feel that I do but to others the time I have might seem like an eternity. I don't think that I make the best of the time that I do have though.