Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sometimes Life Just Isn't Fair...

I know this doesn’t exactly pertain to writing but I wanted to post this video anyway.  In case you don’t follow figure skating, Mirai Nagasu placed third at the U.S.  Figure Skating Championships, which one would assume would then secure her the third spot for the US Olympic Team.  However, U.S. Figure Skating decided to award the third spot via committee to the skater who placed fourth.  The reason for this, they said, was that the fourth place skater’s “record and performance” were stronger than Nagasu’s (despite her being the only skater to compete at an Olympic competition before).  Although technically US. Figure Skating is allowed to do this the committee’s decision has stirred a lot of controversy over how Olympic teams are chosen. 

For me this hits home because sometimes life just isn’t fair no matter how hard you’ve worked or how wonderfully you’ve performed.  Mirai Nagasu should be proud of what she has accomplished and should know she’s a beautiful and talented skater even if she may not be officially recognized for it.

I hope you enjoy this video of her at the Nationals Expo after hearing the committee's decision.  I hope it’s not the last we see of her.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

First Post from an Insecure Writer

This is my first post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!  I signed up last month but chose not to post since I wanted to read some of the other blogs first to see what it was all about.  I must say it was very interesting reading everyone’s thoughts.  Some really resonated with me, some not as much.  One made me feel even more insecure only because based on her website it seemed she was already a well-established author with a number of published titles under her belt.  How could she possibly be insecure with all of the success that she’s already had?  And here I am basically floundering still at square one?!!

Now I know everything is relative and after putting some more thought into her post I started to feel better about the whole thing.  I guess the takeaway message would be everyone gets insecure once in a while…. no matter where you are in the process…. and no matter what kind of success you’ve had.  At least that’s the message I am choosing to take home.  And it’s okay to feel insecure as long as we don’t let it push us over the edge towards failure.  Right?

On a much brighter not, I actually do not feel all that insecure today about my writing!!  It’s a miracle I know and it’s kind of strange that it coincides with IWSG day.  I think this is because I’ve had a positive upswing on the story I’ve been working on and for once I’m feeling good about where it’s going.  I know this will not last forever but for now I am enjoying the moment as I think we all should when that moment comes.  That’s what makes writing so wonderful.  At least it does for me.

Thank you IWSG for allowing me to be part of your group.  I wish everyone a good month ahead with lots of finished pages!