Falling Into Something New

I’m beating the rush and making a new year resolution early.

It’s simple, really.

One small statement.

So then why does it feel so —- daunting?

Answer:

Because it requires change. And change can be a bit scary, worrisome, hard to handle, etc.

So then why should I bother to resolve to do anything new at all in the new year?

Answer:

Because life is about changing. Rearranging of things, thoughts, actions and such can lead to a monumental shift in consciousness.  Or at the very least it can bring about a change in perspective. Either way — change is good for the body, mind and spirit.

Okay I’m in. Here is my little, daunting, possibly monumental statement:

I will submit my writing (short stories, poetry, etc.) to more magazines in 2012, with the sincere effort of getting published.

Whew! I feel kind of tired now. But I’m pressing onward. (prepare for a shift in content)

You see, I feel like I’ve been doing more playing at trying to get published than actually (actively) getting published.

The reason for that:

Fear.

Plan and freaking simple. I’ve been afraid of (wait for it)……………..

Success.

Yes, you did read that correctly. I have a fear of success. (although that is changing)

Weird – yeas I know.

Failure has never bothered me and I’ve been trying to figure out the why behind that odd little mind-set.

And I have gotten a firm grasp of it. The meditations have greatly helped me in that quest as have my friends.

The reason for the oddity of that fear is simple, yet finding it was profound.

Failure = comfort. At least it has up to now.

Failure was comfortable place, a quiet place where there were no expectations of me or my writing. I could hide in failure. Success puts you out there in the public.

I thought and felt that if I succeeded as a writer then there would be a tremendous amount of pressure to be better than my last story, poem, article, book. And that was too much for me to deal with.

Now though, a new idea is forming and growing within my ever fertile mind. An idea that says “If you are being true to yourself then that is all that matters”. Again a simple thing. But then the simple things are often the best things. Anyway.

This idea has actually felt liberating to that fearful side of myself. And I can feel the fear lifting away in bits and pieces. I know it won’t be gone in one night (maybe two nights lol), but it’s leaving.

So I figured I’d get a resolution in writing early, print it out and hang it up by my desk. Print out the new idea too. 2012 is going to be an interesting year.

 

What about you? What are you resoluting to do in 2012?

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Amazon And Accountability

I don’t normally post on Thursdays but I feel strongly about getting this out in as many ways as I can. Everyone, not just authors, needs to read a post at The Passive Voice blog titled “Amazon and Book Piracy”.

You would think that in today’s electronic based world it would easier for authors to communicate with a corporate entity like Amazon. But it’s not always so easy as author Ruth Ann Nordin has found out.

Ruth Ann Nordin has been having trouble, to the extreme, getting results and correspondence from Amazon. She now says she is consulting with a lawyer this week to help get the matter resolved.