Friday, December 11, 2009

Boldness and Keeping On

I've been posting less the last few weeks because I've been working extremely hard. Didn't want you to think it was because my boldness was flagging.

I grew up in a retailing family, and December was the time of most intense work; so that feels normal. As a writer/editor/critiquer/consultant, I've found that December is either madly busy or very quiet. People either want things finished by Christmas or they don't have time to get stuff to me until the first of the year. This is one of the busy years, which I prefer.

Writers often like to talk about what a hard line of work we're in: having to figure out how to make money and strive for immortal art at the same time. Once I heard writer Tim McLaurin respond on a panel to a comment about how hard the writing career is. He said, "Well, it is, and so is driving a Pepsi truck, which was what I was doing before."

I've come to think there aren't any smooth and easy lines of work. Which is why we need to keep the boldness muscles toned. As well as the keep-going, resilience muscles. Hats off to all those who are currently in the most intense period of the teaching semester.

Welcome to new regulars, Aimee Westbrook and Sue Ivy.

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Peg Cherre said...

Hi, Peggy.

I've passed the Kreativ Blogger award on to you. Visit my blog to see what it's all about.


Peg Cherre

Peggy Payne said...

Hi fellow Peg, I appreciate the Kreativ Blogger award and wish I had time to live up to the honor. Makes me feel good anyway.

And I very much like your blog: weaving, jewelry, and weaving a gem of a life. Very nice.

twistedglobe said...

Enchanted Forrest said...

Thank you for the welcome Peggy and for this timely post about keeping-on. I’ve been having a lot of little successes lately with my artwork and while I’d love for it to really take off and enable me to do it full-time, I remain grateful for and motivated by each and every opportunity to create and share my work. I am also thankful for a full-time job that, while not always the most exciting, pays the bills and affords me some freedom to pursue what I truly enjoy.

Someday I’ll take the bold leap into a full-time creative life but meanwhile I’ll celebrate each and every success, no matter how small, and I’ll keep on, keeping on.

Sue Ivy
Lulu storefront:
And now on

Peggy Payne said...

Lots of little successes count big, Sue. That's the way I see it. They accrue. And they're like yes votes from lots of different sources. And you never know what any one will lead to. Every one increases interface with the world to a significant degree.

I'm glad you're keeping on.