Hello, friends! Welcome to April’s meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a blog hop created by Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosted this month by Joylene Nowell Butler, Jemima Pett, Patricia Josephine, Louise – Fundy Blue, and Kim Lajevardi. If you’re a writer and if you feel in any way insecure about your writing life, click here to learn more about this amazingly supportive group!
So right now, I’m participating yet again in the A to Z Challenge, a month long blogging challenge where you have to write twenty-six posts (one for each letter of the alphabet) over the course of April. My theme for this year’s challenge is “Our Place in Space.” For this theme, I’ve been researching a lot and writing a lot about human space exploration in the distant future. And there’s something I’ve noticed, a lesson that’s relevant both to space exploration and to writing: every project takes longer than initially expected.
Already this month, I’ve covered proposed missions to send astronauts to the moons of Jupiter and robotic probes all the way out to the nearest star. In today’s A to Z post, we’re talking about building an elevator to space as a way to save money on rocket fuel. And in upcoming posts, we’ll visit a methane lake on Titan, build floating cities in the atmosphere of Venus, and go digging for fossils on Mars.
I always do my research for these posts, and I always get super excited about the things I learn. All these things are possible! We humans could really do all this stuff someday! But then I get to the part of whatever article I’m reading where it says “in the next fifteen to twenty years…” I always roll my eyes when I get to that part. Yes, we can do these things. Some of these things may even be within our reach using existing technologies. But space exploration is, and always will be, really hard work. We need to have realistic expectations for how long this stuff will take.
I understand that. And yet, when it comes to writing, I keep telling myself, “Oh yeah, that’ll be easy. I can write that in like an hour.” And then I’m always surprised when I spend all day writing that supposedly easy thing and still can’t finish it.
When will I learn?