Hello, friends! Welcome to this month’s meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a blog hop created by Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosted this month by Kim Lajevardi, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguirre, Olga Godim, Michelle Wallace, and Louise – Fundy Blue. To sign up for IWSG and to learn more about this amazingly supportive group, click here!
In my last two blog posts, I wrote about the Indian space program and the American space program. Both have suffered recent delays and setbacks. Both are still moving forward with their space exploration plans, despite those setbacks. Whenever I read about real life space programs, I’m always struck by the parallels between space exploration and writing.
Whether we’re talking about space or writing, we’re talking about big ambitions. Big aspirations. We’re talking about a lot of hard work (but the fun kind of hard work, the exciting kind of hard work). We’re also talking about constant setbacks and delays, with certain financial realities looming over us at all times.
A couple years ago, I published my first novella-length Sci-Fi story on Amazon Kindle. My plan was to follow up, quickly, with a sequel. Around the same time, I also launched a store on RedBubble so I could sell prints of some of my art. And then… setbacks. Delays. Real life problems. It was like trying to plug fuel leaks on the Artemis 1 rocket. As soon as I fixed the problem here, I’d discover liquid hydrogen was spraying all over the place over there.
I can report that 2022 has been a better year for me. Slowly—very slowly—my writing and my art have gotten back on track. I’ve been blogging more. I’m making progress on my next Sci-Fi novella. Also, I’ve started uploading new art to my RedBubble store for the first time in two years. But writing takes time. Art takes time. As much as I want to rush forward with all my creative dreams, I need to be patient with myself.
After NASA scrubbed the launch of Artemis 1 not once but twice last week, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson had this to say: “We’ll fly when we’re ready.” Right now, as I get back into the rhythm of writing and illustrating, that’s my mantra. My muse and I… we’ll fly when we’re ready.