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Yep, it's that time again. I seem to be doing that a lot (re-vamping my writing schedule).

I have to say, I'm getting more than a little discouraged with my chosen career path (writing). I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I know that it's going to take time. (Edited: My writing is not the problem. I do that everyday with no problem. It's getting the decent & regular paying freelance work that is discouraging.) But some days it really seems like it's impossible. I'm not giving up at all but it looks like I'm going to have to go back to the drawing board and look at plan D. Or is it F at this point? Anyway something has got to give, because I'm giving all that I have and doing all that I know how to do. Persistence is the name of the game, some wise person said, at some time in history.

I am already getting tired of the Christmas ads, commercials etc. Which is pretty bad since I really only started to notice them a few days ago. As far as I'm concerned anything Christmas related should start in December. Except for the music. I only want to hear or play it, 1 week before Christmas. Maybe an occasional song throughout the summer months. I think hearing a Christmas song in the middle of a July heatwave, helps me to stay cool.

As I write this I remember that the Christmas tree is going up early this year. Right after the US Thanksgiving, which I believe is November 22nd this year. A little more than a month of decorations is good enough!

Here's to hoping that Kai doesn't attack the Christmas tree again this year.

When do you like to hear Christmas tunes, if ever? How early do you like to decorate, if you do? If you're not a decorator do you think people are nuts to even bother?

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Till next time,

Nadia

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What's stopping you from creating and/or getting better at your dream job/career?

I'm not an expert. I haven't been in the writing game for 40 years. But I've learned some important things.

1. Don't not try because you don't have the right equipment. I'm still using a manky but viable camera to spice up my blog and improve my photographic skills. Photography is a new passion of mine that I might not have discovered if I had not started blogging. Would I like a professional camera, that will cost at least $500? Sure, but as of today that's not going to happen so I'm using what I've got.

The point? Don't let not having the "right" equipment stop you from pursuing your dreams and aspirations. A professional camera is still on my list, but I'll get it at the right time.

2. Practice makes perfect. Well as perfect as a human can get. Use your kids, your pets, yourself. Anything that gets practice in. I use my yard, the local parks & recreation, Kai the cat. Lately when Kai's had enough she just gets up & walks away. But hey, I use whatever I can to improve my skills. I take whatever opportunity I can to improve my writing skills. Paid or not. Does it suck to not get paid for hours of work? Sometimes yes, but I look at the bigger picture. I'm not only improving my skills, but I'm building up my writing resume. Something that any new writer needs to do. Free work in between the paid stuff is just something that I have to do to pay my dues. And of course the all important, time. It takes time to build a reputation and relationships.

3. I'm looking into taking some professional writing courses. Nothing huge. I'm pretty sure I'm not going back to university. But I know that it will help me in my future endeavours. At the very least, I'll have a refresher course in grammatical skills. Between blogging, working on finishing my first book, journaling & freelance work, I write everyday. I'm actively working towards my goal of being a successful, published author.

Where I need help I get it. How I'll improve, I'm working on it. I'm not going to let the rejections or roadblocks, stop me from doing the many things that I love to do.

Everything, worth anything takes time and hard work. I'm doing both and a whole lot more. The latest professional camera or professional series laptop will come with time. Meanwhile I'm not letting my "mediocre" equipment keep me from building my career and future.

Do you let not having the best or right things, keep you from moving forward in any aspect of life? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Song of the Day:Automatic Flowers - Clumsy Automatic Flowers, Clumsy, Our Lady Peace, 1996, Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc. See Automatic Flowers. (Links may not work in all countries.)

 

Till next time,

Nadia