BACK IN THE SADDLE
Hi everyone, I’m Stacey. I’m very excited to be here at LASR and look forward to a great week!
At the beginning of July I got back in the saddle both literally and figuratively. We have a 6 year old gelding named Bullet who hasn’t been broke to ride yet. Now, we’ve had him since he was 6 months old, so the fault is all mine, but the last time I broke a horse was when I was 14 and fearless. Kaleb, my baby, is now 24 years old and I know how much it will hurt if/when I hit the ground. It doesn’t help that Bullet is taller than Kaleb, either.
Add a saddle, and it’s a good 8 inches farther to fall. (did I mention I prefer riding bareback?)
On the figurative side, I took a break from writing in January until the end of June. I was filling in full time for some people at work, 10 hr days, when my normal hours are 2/10 hr days/wk. I knew I’d be exhausted by the end of the day, I’d have kids begging for attention, and how fair would it be to them if I went straight to the computer after dinner? (Major kudos to anyone who can work full time, write, and still keep their family happy.) Then I was laid off at the end of June, and it was time to write my next book.
Back to the horse. Well, I did it. With my husband (thank God for his muscles) holding Bullet (aptly named by our son, I must say) I pulled myself into the saddle. Good news is, I managed to only get bucked off once--into the manure pile. I know, sounds gross--but it's old manure that's been weathered for awhile and was dry and the best part (yes, there's a positive to this) is that it was a soft landing! LOL I got back on, thought I was going off again, but my dh held on tight and we got Bullet back under control, took a slow walk around the corral, dismounted, mounted, dismounted a few times, and called it a successful enough morning.
Writing wise? I’m 75 pages into my new book and loving it!
Let’s take a look at how writing is like riding a horse. If you get bucked off (i.e.. a rejection, bad review, bad critique) you MUST GET BACK ON. For your own peace of mind, and, you cannot let the horse’s memory of the session end with him bucking you off, or that’s the first thing he’ll try to do at the beginning of the next session. In his mind, it’s “Get her off and I’m done.” Same for writing, if you don’t pick yourself off, dust off your bruises—and there will be bruises along the way—you won’t get back on again, and you’re done.
It’s your dream; you deserve it (to quote the great Sherrilyn Kenyon there). If you’re reading this and say, “Sounds good, but I’m not a writer.", well, guess, what? It works for anything. Insert your dream HERE. Be stubborn and vow to persevere. If you persist and don’t give up, eventually you’ll be walking, then trotting, then galloping around the corral. I’m still walking on the horse, but writing wise, I’ve worked up to a gallop.
To be entered into the regular and bonus give-a-ways this week, tell me what dream you’re working toward, or one you’ve achieved.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stacey Joy Netzel