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1. leaving the land of liminality

Photo by Vicky Lorencen

Photo by Vicky Lorencen

Liminality, as I understand it, is that betwixty/betweenish space in life. A waiting room. Life’s belly button. An incubator. But it’s more than that. I see liminality as a place of active, intent anticipation intended to transform and prepare us for what’s to come. Wow. Pretty deep, huh?

Soon I will be leaving my preparing place to bounce into a new phase in my publishing pursuits– querying agents and editors. Up to this point, I’ve been writing/revising/researching/daydreaming in a liminal space that exists between the time I decided to become serious about writing and the stage to come when others will see my work and choose to love it or leave it. This long season of liminality has been challenging (to put it politely), but I believe say I am a better person for it (and sheesh, let’s hope a better writer!)

Photo by Vicky Lorencen

Photo by Vicky Lorencen

Thanks to my stint in the Land of Liminality, these words mean much more than mere words to me:
Patience
Encouragement
Empathy
Resourcefulness
Bravery
Boldness
Kinship
Stubbornness
Optimism
Humor
Priorities
Focus
Generosity
Humility
Sacrifice
Persistence
Opportunity
Chocolate

Oh, sure. I know the minute I hit “send” on the first query I submit, I will slip into a new level of liminality, but now I feel more prepared for the transition. And between you and me, I believe the outcome will be worth the wait.

The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms. ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh


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2. Pumpkin Patch and classes start Friday

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Have Patience

In September, I only had leaves and lost hope.

Then the first little pumpkin showed up.

Then another. Some are still changing color from green to orange.

You are allowed to have.

You’ll see.

Just be patient.

Classes Start Friday

I’m in a bit of a transition right now, so I’m not sure if classes will be offered in November or not and which. I’m expanding and growing! So, if are interested in Fairy Online School classes, they start Friday! Here’s the catalog of classes to choose from. Hope to see you in class!


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3. if you want to see a whale – PPBF book recommendation

15953632Title: if you want to see a whale

Written by Julie Flogliano,

Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Published by Roaring Book Press, May 2013

Ages: 2-5

Themes: patience, whale-watching

 

 

Opening line:

If you want to see a whale                                                                                                    you will need a window.

Synopsis:

A story of sweet and simple practical tips on how a child might become an adept whale-watcher and the virtue of the wait!   This includes what you will need, such as time for wondering and an ocean. But the little boy also receives gentle warnings about distractions one might need to avoid, like the lure of sweet pink roses or the temptation to cloud-gaze.

Why I like this book:

Waiting is hard for an adult. For a little child waiting can feel interminable. This soothing, lyrical language, gentle rhythm and perfect pacing make this a great choice for bedtime or a quiet moment in the day. The illustrations and text breathe patience and an invitation to astute observation even for little eyes. Through all of the potential distractions  (even the pirates are alluring) the reader is constantly centered on the clear goal of seeing a whale.

The illustrations are light and filled with wonder and depth. You see the perspective already on the choice on the front cover of making the ocean so high and vast! The dog and bird are also delightful companions to the little boy on each spread. Sometimes I am more drawn to either the words or the pictures in a picture book, in this case, I love both equally. The illustrations are created with pencil and linoleum print techniques, and peppered with humor, whimsy and depth. The last two pages with the barnacle-encrusted whale swimming right under the boy’s boat and then just the tip of the whale emerging are worth the wait and you may wonder if they had been there, ‘unseen’, all along.

This is truly a talented paring of author and illustrator and I will stick my neck out and say I think this picture book may well win some awards.

Activities:

A predicting activity – if you want to see a (tiger, hawk……) you would need to……. and be careful to avoid…………….

Whale-watching in North America

Whale and Dolphin-watching in Europe

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Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books

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4. What it takes to write

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5. Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan

How many times must a man look up Before he can see the sky? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. 4.5 stars Bob Dylan’s iconic song, Blowin’ in the Wind, comprises the text for a beautiful children’s book by artist Jon J. Muth.  Muth has [...]

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6. How Do You Wait?

For you, what is the hardest part of writing? Getting started? Making time? Finding ideas, or maybe dealing with rejection?

Perhaps the hardest part is the endless waiting that goes with this profession. You wait for word from a critique partner, then an editor or agent. When a book comes out, you wait for reviews and reader reaction and sales figures.

The question isn’t whether you will have to wait during the publishing process. You will. It’s a fact, no matter who you are. The question is how you will wait. Waiting involves more than entertaining yourself (with blogging, reading, watching movies, talking on the phone, or eating out) to make the time pass with less stress.

Ingredients of Waiting

If you want to survive in this thing we call the writing life, your waiting has to be different. While it’s a difficult skill to learn, you need to wait patiently, productively, and expectantly. Here’s what Webster’s has to say…so think about these traits in connection to your writing life.

Patiently: bearing pains, suffering, and trials without complaint; manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain; not hasty or impetuous; steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity.

Productively: having the quality or power of producing, especially in abundance; yielding results; continuing to be used in the formation of new words or constructions.

Expectantly: looking forward to something with a high degree of certainty; usually involves the idea of preparing or envisioning; much more than wishful thinking

Honest Self-Assessment

Is that how you wait to hear from an agent or editor? Are you uncomplaining (to yourself, your critique group, your family, your blog readers)? Are you steadfast, not making hasty decisions (like sending angry emails or posting nasty comments in discussion groups)? Do you show forbearance under the strain? Then you wait patiently.

Do you work on other projects while you wait? Do you continue to study and go to your critique group? Do you refuse to sit and not write until you hear the fate of your current manuscript? Do you focus on the current work-in-progress, giving it your undivided attention? Then you wait productively.

Do you have a clear vision of where you want to be as a writer five years from now? A year? A month? Do you work hard and work consistently on your craft, expecting to improve steadily over time? Even while you wait, are you preparing yourself physically and mentally to be the writer you’ve always wanted to be? Then you wait expectantly.

Be a Professional

Wannabe writers complain when editors and agents don’t respond within a week. Wannabe writers won’t write another word until they sell their current manuscript. Wannabe writers continually tell themselves and others that the odds are terrible and they’ll never sell anything.

Professional writers don’t like waiting either–nor do they always like the answer that comes. But they don’t waste the waiting time. They use it to write and grow and move ahead.

Waiting well is a skill you can acquire. You (and everyone in your environment) will be happier if you learn this skill. Don’t let waiting times–no matter how long they drag on–cause a setback in your writing.

If waiting well is a problem for you, don’t just read this post, agree mentally, and move on with you

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7. Patience

The question isn't if you can write. The question is do you have the patience to write? Every step of this process requires patience:Patience to find the time to write.Patience to listen to your heart.Patience to wait for words to appear.Patience to let the story unfold.Patience to reach the end of the first draft.Patience to begin again... and again... and again.Patience to recognize that each

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8. Which is the Highest Writing Virtue, Persistence or Patience?

by Deren Hansen

If you had asked me whether persistence or patience was the highest writing virtue several months ago, I would have chosen persistence. Now I'm more inclined to say patience.

I've discussed patience here as one of the unpopular virtues of makers and as an important tool for writers.

Natalie Whipple brought the topic to the forefront for me with several posts this past week. In the first, she discussed the grinding doubt of being on submission for fifteen months without a sale. In the second, she explored what she learned from the experience.

You might argue that patience and persistence are both aspects of devotion; that both similarly imply sticking with something even if you don't want to. Granted, but I think there's one important distinction: persistence implies something more active than patience.

Here's what Natalie said:
"What I was least prepared for was the loss of control. It was easy to have faith in my agent, but at the same time it was strange not being able to do anything. I just have to...wait. In querying, when you get a rejection you can send another letter out. You can decide who to send to, when, and what. That all goes away, and while it's nice it's also weird. I was so used to working for myself, and now my writing fate is out of my hands."
For those of use who cope with difficult situations by finding something constructive to do, situations where the only thing you can do is wait are extremely trying. Put another way, the wannabe-writer-sphere is so full of encouragement to keep writing that it leaves you ill-prepared for the time when the writing is done and the waiting begins.

"But isn't that when you should work on your next book?"

Yes, of course. My point is that for some of us it can be very difficult to accept the fact that there comes a point where there is nothing more we can do to improve the chances of success for the book that's on submission--that there's no more scope for persistence--and that patience is the only way to continue.


Deren blogs daily at The Laws of Making.

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9. How To Be A Happy Writer


1. Don’t compare yourself to other writers. They have their own path to publication and you have yours. So what if they sold something to a big publisher. How long have they been working toward that goal? If you’ve only been writing for a short time, don’t be impatient. You must pay your dues. If you learn all you can about writing, work hard enough, and want it bad enough, publication may come when the time is right. And that might not be NOW. It could be a few years away or twelve . . . Plus, comparison can lead you down a path to jealousy. Don't go there. You'll save yourself some grief and keep your self-confidence in check.

2. Be patient. See number one.

3. Exercise. Taking care of your body will help take care of your mind. You’ll have more energy to crank out those words like a writin’ fool on a caffeine high without the side effects.

4. Give sadness the boot. Writers have the tendency to get down. When you are feeling blue, take a walk, have lunch with a friend, go shopping, eat chocolate (highly recommended), listen to your favorite music.

5. Find the right fit for a critique group or partner. Nothing will karate-kick your writing into gear more that finding other writers who support your passion and like you and your writing. You can find them online, at writing conferences, or in a local writing group. You may have to try a few to ensure the best fit. The right people make all the difference. They are your fellow word ninjas.

6. Write. Many people who say they are writers only talk about it. Tie yourself to the computer and put in your writing hours, Mister.

7. Don't let anything stop you. Hang a “do not disturb” sign on your door or shoot the stink eye when anyone walks into the room--even your needy cat. And do it . . . NOW. You are not getting any younger. Don't wait until your kids grow up, you move to a bigger place with an office, or you have some sort of degree to deem yourself a writer. If you write, guess what? You are a writer. Be self-motivated. Be courageous. Be FEARLESS. Just DO it.

8. Enjoy the world. Yes, you need to write, but you also must enjoy life. Not only does this make you an interesting writer, it makes you a fun person, too. Volunteer. Take a class. Go to a museum. Hang out with your human kids and/or furry ones. They will forgive you for the stink eye. Take a trip. Have a romantic date night with your significant other. Do a friends' night out.

Want more tips? Check out Nathan Bransford's Ten Commandments of a Happy Writer.

Keep writing!

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10. Waiting for the Next Wave

Waiting for the next wave isn’t just waiting.You sit in the water poised, active, watchful.You’re set to start swimming as soon as the wave comes in.You sit there frustrated or upset about not swimming yet, not catching a wave, or maybe you're a bit impatient.But that’s what waiting for a wave is all about: learning to cultivate patience.To write, you need to develop the ability to sit and watch

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11. WOW Wednesday: Kaitlin Ward On Patience and Querying

We're happy to introduce Kaitlin Ward to do this week's Wow Wednesday guest post from. Kaitlin lives in rural Connecticut with her fiancé, son, and dog. She is a YA writer represented by Elizabeth Jote of Objective Entertainment, and can be found at YA Highway, on her blog, and on Twitter.

On Patience and Querying

I’m not a patient person. And I think a lot of people can relate to me when I say that. I swear, human beings were just not meant to be patient. But in this business, the need to wait for things never ends. It starts with querying, but it doesn’t end when you get that magical call. After that, you’ll still have to wait while you’re on sub, wait for edits, wait for copyedits, wait for the day your book is finally in stores, wait for your next sale, and so on. I haven’t reached any of these steps yet, but ever since I landed my wonderful agent, I’ve become more and more aware of how much waiting is still ahead of me.

Querying didn’t go quickly for me. I queried on and off for more than a year, revising, shelving, rewriting, tearing out hair. I started querying the book that got me an agent in March, and it was June before I had an offer. I’d like to say I went through the querying process with perfect grace, but I didn’t. I saved the angsting for my friends (because the world doesn’t need to see that!) but it was not always easy to wait patiently.

Still, having to wait for something I wanted so much gave me some time for introspection. I was constantly aware of my patience level, even when it was alarmingly abysmal. I started to notice my patience level elsewhere, too. And I realized something: in general, I was becoming more patient. Way more patient. I’m never going to be the queen of patience, but I think maybe I realized that I would not actually die from waiting for something.

And I think it’s kind of awesome that the skill querying taught me the most about is the one it tested the hardest. Just goes to show, you never know what you might learn.

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12. The Farewell Symphony

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Title: The Farewell Symphony

Author: Anna Harwell Celenza

Illustrator: Joann E. Kitchel

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing (September 2000)

Reading Level: 4-8

Theme: Music, Determination, Patience

 

I believe every sheet of music has a story of its own. The Farewell Symphony, has a unique story as well. A story about a prince who kept his musicians away from his family for far too long, and even though they had missed their families so very much there wasn't much they could have done; especially if they wanted to keep their jobs. A very unfair trade-off right? Having no choice, but to stay away from your family for a very long time or else. A wonderful story with very vibrant illustrations that are framed in different borders.

A great read-aloud and what's great about this book is that includes a CD so you can go along with the Symphony. 

Hey if you love music and want to introduced something different then this is your book.

Enjoy!

Excerpt: Haydn is ask to speak on behalf of the musicians to the king.

Farewell
 

                                     The Farewell Symphony sound bite



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13. OSH & Patience

OSH. Orchard Supply Hardware. I've been there three times in the last 36 hours. All three times I returned something that didn't fit or work. Lesson learned: Buy two things that look like they might fit, then return the one that doesn't. Good thing OSH (smaller than Home Depot, but definitely more approachable; being a green homeowner, I'm all about approachability). I now own these things from OSH:

WELCOME mat
cordless drill (Kawasaki)
3/8" flat head wood plugs
outdoor vent 
fly swatter
tool box
sandpaper
garden hose hanger

The list goes on and it will surely grow by week's end. I've also been putting things together around the house and my back and fingers need a little WD40 every morning. In the last week, here's what I've assembled:

baby changing table/dresser
crib
travel system stroller (just the wheels and trays)
dollhouse bookshelf (for Blondie)
white stacking bins (for Blondie)
Playhouse (for Blondie)
Lucky Blondie



The list isn't too bad, but this doesn't include the minor annoyances I've had to fix or hang:

toilet paper holder
hand towel holder
crawl space cover
stucco foundation vents

Enough is enough. For now I'm finished. On strike. Relaxing. What I've learned through this process is that I need to be more patient. Our house isn't going to be the way we want it for a long while and I need to come to terms with that. So. I have. And it has allowed me to do other important things, like play with Blondie more, hang with Wife, and write. 

But I do have one nagging issue to resolve. Anyone know of a company that cleans out spider infested places, like Bomb Shelters. More pics soon...

...unless baby boy shows up in the next 48 hours.

Patience.

Picture: Baseball practice in the morning. Playhouse assembly in the afternoon with a rush to finish before Blondie got home. 3-4 hours later = exhausted. (PMM - those gray/black socks are for you!)




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14. Do Hard Things-A "Rebel-usion"

What I am learning about writing this week has come from an unexpected source. I was asked to give a quick (15 minutes) challenge to a high school club that encourages leadership among students. I did this last year and it was a wonderful experience. The club members and sponsors read a book and their weekly meetings emphasize and explore the concepts of that book. This year's book is Do Hard

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15. Noticing and Nurturing Each Other: How to Heal a Broken Wing

How to Heal a Broken WingAuthor: Bob Graham (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bob Graham
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763639036

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Airy illustrations and sparse poetic prose paint a poignant picture of hope, help and healing in this unspoken invitation to dare to care.

Other books mentioned:

Dreams of flying on JOMB:

Six weeks ago yesterday, in Woodstock, Ontario, eight year old Victoria Stafford  finished her school day … then disappeared.  As the days turned to weeks, Canadians coast to coast came to know Victoria and her family as we watched mother Tara McDonald’s daily efforts to keep the search for her daughter fresh in our minds.  This despite mounting public criticism and suspicion of Tara herself.

Yesterday, we learned of Tori’s tragic fate … and of her mother’s innocence.

This episode of Just One More Book! is dedicated to little Tori Stafford, with heartfelt hopes for the healing of those she left behind.

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16. Rules, Rudeness & Rivalry: Little Sister and the Month Brothers

Little Sister and the Month BrothersAuthor: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Margot Tomes (on JOMB)
Published: 1976 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761455469

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With its chatty narrative, droll dialogue and playfully illustrated play-by-play, this plucky retelling of the traditional Slavic tale is practically bound theatre.

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17. Left Reeling: You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! Author: Jonah Winter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: André Carrilho (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0375837388

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Gilded, stylized illustrations, scads of stats and lilting, laid back narration present an inspiring tale of persistence, power, poise and prevalent potential in this intimate look at the short but striking career of one of baseball’s greats.

More sports on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: Radio Producer and Sound Artist Paolo Pietropaolo explains why he loves Fantastic Mr. Fox (by Roald Dahl).

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18. Up From The Ashes: Fatima the Spinner and the Tent

Fatima, the Spinner and the TentAuthor: Idries Shah (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Natasha Delmar (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Hoopoe Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1883536421

This delicately illustrated tale of travel and tragedy reminds us that today’s disaster just might be a necessary step towards the ultimate attainment of our heart’s desire.

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More middle eastern reading on JOMB:

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19. Of Compassion and Captivity: Itsy Bitsy & Teeny Weeny

Author: Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
Illustrator: Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
Published: 2009 Sleeping Bear Press
ISBN: 9781585364176

Doey eyes, gangly legs and silent, tangible devotion make this true tale of rescue, regret and release a thought provoking look at the value of life and freedom.

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20. Let Your Hair Down: Max Said “Yes!” (The Woodstock Story)

Max Said Author: Abigail Yasgur & Joseph Lipner
Illustrator: Barbara Mendes (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Change The Universe Press
ISBN: 9780615211442

Exuberant, edge-to-edge illustrations and simple rhyme salute a generous dairy farmer who took a chance on four kids, their dream and the prospect of peace.

You can watch Max Yasgur addressing the crowd at Woodstock, 1969, here.

August 15-17 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. How will you celebrate?

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Pop over to Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

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21. True Love: Hunwick’s Egg

Hunwick's EggAuthor: Mem Fox (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Pamela Lofts (on JOMB)
Published: 2005 Harcourt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780152163181

Amidst mauve and pink Australian sunsets, this lyrically told and beautifully illustrated tale reminds us of the underrated pleasures of simply loving.

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22. A Caring Countdown: Ten Days and Nine Nights (An Adoption Story)

ten days and nine nights (an adoption story)Author: Yumi Heo (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Yumi Heo
Published: 2009 Schwartz & Wade (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375847189

Simple first person narrative, cheerful illustrations and charming child-like details make this task-by-task countdown to the arrival of a long awaited sibling sweet reading for any child.

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23. Dimple-matic Immunity: I Always, Always Get My Way

I Always, Always Get My WayAuthor: Thad Krasnesky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Parkins (on JOMB)
Published: 2009 Flashlight Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780979974649

Cute only gets you so far in the real world. Capturing the glee of victory and the sting of defeat, this hilariously illustrated rhyming book lets us laugh at our own (and our little sibling’s) attempts to prove otherwise.

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Pop over to The Boy Reader for today’s full menu of poetry offerings. Poetry Fridays are brought to us by Kelly Herold of Big A, Little A.

HOTLINE VOICES: Cathy Miller, “The Literacy Ambassador”, alerts us about Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury).

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24. Worth A Thousand Words: It’s A Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph

Author: Monica Kulling (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Bill Slavin
Published: 2009 Tundra Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780887768811

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the compact camera. This sprightly tale of curiosity and determination puts the spotlight on the inventive young man who made photographers of all of us, one improvement at a time.

On this date, September 4, in 1888, George Eastman registered the trademark Kodak. You can learn more here.

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25. Putting Up with Impatience

A couple weeks ago I was having dinner with a group of novelists (who also happened to be my clients). We were talking about the terrible waiting that's always involved in publishing. At every step of the journey, whether you're agented or not, published or not, there seems to be a huge need for patience. The waiting sometimes gets unbearable.

We bemoaned the difficulty of developing patience. Is it even possible, or just wishful thinking?

Then my sweet friend Christy Truitt spoke up. "I don't think I'm getting any more patient. But I'm learning to tolerate my impatience better.”

Wow! What a cool insight, and a terrific goal: To be able to exist in a state of impatience, and be okay with it.

To be waiting, and longing, and frustrated that it's taking so long (whatever it is) and still be okay, still have a measure of peace.

To me, that seems like a more realistic goal for writers, and possibly a healthier one. After all, we don't want to completely lose the impatience, because it's part of what drives us. It creates a tension inside us, and as we strive to calm the tension, we're working towards our goals. You could even say that the impatience keeps the fire lit beneath us.

What would it mean for you, to stop trying to be more patient, and instead tolerate your impatience better?

Taking it one step further, how can you use your impatience and actually benefit from it?

Thanks, Christy, for the great thought!
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