Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Reasons to Be Cheerful

I'm amazed by how hard it is for me to write a happy post. I am naturally inclined to think the sky is falling if I don't have everything on my worry bird list checked off. And I don't....NOT EVEN CLOSE. Stressing out is sort of a natural state of being for me as an indie writer. 

At the same time, I realize that you guys probably don't want to read dark and bitchy posts all the time. Sometimes we (and I mean me) have to take a step back and look at the things that are going right to keep from freaking out over the things that aren't going at all. So queue up the player below, which contains the official soundtrack for this post: Ian Drury's Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3.

How to Be Happy (When You Still Have 8 Damn Million Things to Do)

Jenni's sparkle shoes
Now with more sparkle!
1.  Look at that sky. It's not actually falling. Heck, it's not even raining. 

2.  Your shoes are cute. 

3.  Hey, your necklace is cute, too. 

4.  All of your fingernails are intact. 

5.  You submitted to 10 literary journals over the weekend. That's 10 chances to kick ass.

6.  You entered your first-ever YA novel in a contest to win a publishing contract. That takes balls.  Whether you win or lose or just make it through to the second round and then lose, you still have a brand-spankin' new book done and ready to go.  If you want to read it (and vote for it!), click here
Pit bull smiling, in a basket full of bunnies
So this is what happiness feels like...

7.  You are planning your first-ever urban fantasy novel. You've always wanted to write something that combines your favorite writing subjects: hicks and the supernatural. Don't stress about how long the planning and research is taking. Be happy that you'll get to fulfill a goal by writing this book. Use it as an excuse to say "y'all" even more often. Plus, it means you get to watch Justified and Duck Dynasty and this and call it research. 

8.  You're working now. So what if 3 out of 4 of your eBook covers still suck? Set aside some money and pay to get new ones. Then market with confidence.  In the land of eBooks, nothing is permanent. It can always be fixed or upgraded. It's just money. Why do you have it if not to use on on something that's really, vitally important to you?

9.  Your husband loves you.  And he wants you to spend your money on book covers if that's what will make you happy.  And he is going to tile the kitchen floor. And he will come all way across the house when you yell, "Spider!" 

10. There are lots of cute puppies in the world. You don't have one, and probably never will, but that doesn't mean the world is a lesser place.  

11. You have learned so much about marketing as a writer in the past few months. It makes you feel like you're eight hundred years behind schedule, but that's only because you're comparing yourself to others. You are you. You know what you need to do. That's all that matters.  

12. Have you seen the view from your deck?
Beautiful Pilot Hill, California
Not a painting, no sirree. This is genuine Pilot Hill awesomeness.