Summer Break

Wow, I'm so glad the last week is over! Unfortunately, we had to make an emergency trip home to Ohio and spent almost every waking second in the hospital. My mother-in-law was admitted and the Dr. called the family home. And we all know what that usually means.

Well lucky for us, she fought hard and was released. The doctor did not expect her progress. But she is now fighting her way back at a rehab. I won't go into the details of what was wrong with her because my husbands family is a very private one so I need to honor that. We are just so glad that she seems to be getting better and hopefully will go home in a few weeks. I need to thank God that he is allowing her to be with us a little while longer! My mother-in-law is a special lady who has from the get-go made me feel a part of the family. I couldn't ask for a better mother-in-law. Our family needs her to continue fighting and following the doctors orders!

Next week my husband and I are actually going on a much needed vacation to Wisconsin to visit my oldest sister and her husband. My other sister and her husband are also making the trip up. It seems all our trips are always to visit family since both sides all live far away from us. But this one should be very relaxing and loads of fun. I'm really looking forward to it!

Since I was unable to blog last week because of our emergency situation and I will be on vacation next week, I've made the tough (NOT!!) decision to take the entire month of August off from blogging. If the kids can take summer breaks than so can I!! So this will be my last post until the first Thursday in September.

Thanks to everyone who tunes into my blog each week and comments and I'll see ya in September! (hopefully it will be a little cooler by then!)

Is Success About Hard Work or Luck?

I've been reading a lot about whether or not being a successful writer is has more to do with luck or working hard. I believe it takes both. While reading Kristen Lamb's fantastic blog, she covered this subject beautifully so some of what I say about this is coming straight from her words. I thought it was an interesting subject and something that really made me THINK so I wanted to talk about it today.

Unfortunately, we can work ourselves to the bones writing everyday, sharpening up our writing skills, reading everything we can get our hands on about our craft and yet... if we don't have a little luck it could all be for nothing.

Before I began writing, I thought my calling in life was to be an interior decorator. I took classes and did everything I could do to perfect my skills. Then when I felt confident, I began getting the word out to friends, family, and co-workers that I was a decorator. I got a few clients and felt I was on my way. People at work were passing the word around and asking me what could I do to help them decorate this and that room. I was feeling great!!

Then the ball dropped and my little itsy bit of luck ran out as fast as it appeared. My husbands company wanted to transfer him to another state. I knew at that moment that all my hard work, all my connections were out the door and if I wanted to continue decorating, I'd have to start all over again from scratch. It turned out to be non-successful as I discovered that not knowing one single person where I lived was way too difficult for me to start a business all on my own. I tried a few things but in the end, I gave up. I had no luck!

It proved to me that a lot of success is being in the right place at the right time in the right conditions. It also proved to me that I didn't have the kind of passion I needed. If decorating was really what I HAD to do in my life, I wouldn't have given up. Yes a little luck would have helped but in the end, I wasn't willing to do the hard work it would have taken.

Its the same thing with writing. I know that most of us writers work really hard. However, there are people who work their tails off their entire lives and get nowhere. Others pop out one book and SHAZAM!!!! Success! A lot of untalented people who have done very little work are rewarded.

The man who invented air-conditioning died penniless because he didn’t have the LUCK to run across an investor who saw what he had. The man who created Superman handed away his idea for pennies, because he didn’t have the luck to meet a person who wouldn’t take advantage of him.

I think it just goes to show that we need both. We need to work ourselves to death to write as good of stories as we can and then we need to actually finish those stories and get them out! All the luck in the world can't help us if we don't get our stories out there. Then a little luck would sure help! It's too bad we can't just order up some luck on eBay, huh?

What about you? Do you have any instances where luck did or didn't help you along the way? Do you think writing success has to do more with hard work or luck?


Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday! My poor puppies though will get no sleep and I'll probably wake up to a nice mess because the popping of the fireworks scares them to death. They refuse to go outside. Oh well, we will survive!

But this next clip really says it all. Let's never forget!