A Question When Your Dream Is Slow to Arrive

Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday, the day I share something I’ve learned in the labyrinth of life.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with lingering illness, an over-packed calendar, and a novel in progress that has challenged me at every turn. Honestly, some days I’m tired of juggling plates and chasing dreams. I start thinking a decent-sized, regular paycheck looks pretty good; that my kids might like to have a mom who doesn’t spend quite so much time in front of her computer; that aiming for a writing career is a stretch too far.

I suppose everyone who chases a dream feels like that at times. Let me share one of my favorite movie clips of all time. It comes from the movie The Rookie, a movie based on the true story of Jim Morris. At the age of 35, Morris made a pact with the West Texas high school team that he coached; he tried out for the minor leagues, made the team with 98-mph pitching, and eventually played in the major leagues. But the minor league schedule took its toll on him, his wife, and their three children. It would have been very tempting to walk away.

His wife asks the perfect question: “You still love it?” And draws the right conclusion: If you love what you’re doing, give it everything you’ve got.

The truth is I still love it. I love crafting a story, writing a perfect scene, searching for the right word, connecting to a reader.

I’m a little weary at times, but I can look at myself in the mirror and say, “You know what I get to do today? I get to write.” Oh yeah, I feel pretty darn blessed. (And big kisses to my husband who supports my dream the way Morris’s wife supported his.)

Meanwhile, let’s see how I fared in my first week of ROW80, the writing challenge that knows you have a life!

ROW80 Update

My goals are short and simple this time.

Finish YA contemporary novel, SHARING HUNTER, by completing three chapters each week. Two chapters done. Fell short here. I need to stay on track!

Take Short Stories 101 course from Young Adult RWA. We started last Tuesday and had three lessons this week. It’s going well, and next week we’ll begin writing a flash fiction piece that we’ll then turn into a short story.

Read 10 fiction books and 2 nonfiction books. I finished Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (the sequel to Cinder) and Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams. Yes, that latter one is an odd title, but it’s an informative book about the importance of breasts and what affects their health.

So what are you excited that you get to do in life? What do you love? And how was your past week?