Inches at a time. And sometimes that is the most frustrating thing ever. Granted I am super, super impatient (another I word), but sometimes I'm like, hey, universe, I've been working for so long already and working hard and I know I still have work to do but I know what I want and where I want to be and whats with the getting there inches at a time thing?
There's pretty much only two things we can do. First, recognize that inches of progress is still progress and that's good, and if you keep working and work long enough when you look back you realize you've gone miles. Every book starts out with a blank page, every blog starts with zero followers. Have you ever heard someone say they found themselves an overnight success after ten years of hard work?
The second thing we can do is look for boosts, if and wherever possible. Sometimes all it takes to move us to where we want to be is the right help from the right person--the right book reviewer reading it, the right friend recommending it to the right movie producer, or other such fortuitous occurrences. We can't expect or plan for things like this, and have to work accordingly. But we can still look for them and do whatever we know how to do to put ourselves in the right possible places for these things to happen. Does that make sense? I mean, just by having an online presence we make it a possibility for the right person to discover us. What other boost things can you think of for us to do?
Mostly, though, we move in inches. And that's okay.
Especially because sometimes those inches take us to ITALY!!! So this is the I'm going to be gone for a few weeks in May and I need guest posts thing I mentioned a while ago. It was sudden and wonderful and amazing, but I'm going on a cruise with my cousin and aunt that begins in Venice, and then we go through places like Athens and Mykenos and Rome and Istanbul and end in Barcelona. I still can hardly believe how amazing it is and that it's actually going to happen, like I'm actually going to wake up in a ship off the coast of Turkey in a few weeks. I'm also going to come back totally broke and have to bunk with my cousin till I find a job and place to live, which is terrifying, but totally worth it. We're leaving in the second week of May. I'm going to preschedule stuff around here to keep things relatively moving forward, but I'm still very open to guest posts if anyone is interested. And please, don't be shy or worry about what to write about or anything like that, just something creativity/writing related is great, meaning pretty much anything. Even a recycled post from your own blog is fine, and you'll get links and traffic to your own blog to boot. So send stuff my way (sarah.n.dipity123[at]gmail[dot]com) and we can work something out. You guys can take care of things here while I'm writing probably bad poetry here:
Sometimes there are some really pretty inches :)