Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on my short story first paragraph. I stayed up late last night polishing it up and finally submitted it. Your feedback was invaluable. I knew there was something wrong with that first line, but I just couldn't put my finger on it.

As I said, I stayed up late last night. After I submitted my short story, I stayed up later reworking my query letter to reflect a recent edit on my manuscript. The lure of a completely silent house was too tempting and I could not go to bed.

This morning I was tired.

I walked into the kids' bathroom and picked something up off the floor. As I stood upright I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. This is what I saw:
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Ahh, there's nothing like seeing Wormtongue when you look in the mirror in the morning. My hair was still wet from my shower, and because I'd been bending over, some of it was hanging in my face. And unfortunately it's styled very similarly to Wormtongue's. Plus, we both have blue eyes and I hadn't put on makeup yet.... Ugh.

In all of this, I just want to point out the sacrifices we make as writers. BIG SACRIFICES. As in, looking like Wormtongue because we stayed up too late writing.

What sacrifices do you make to do what you love?


  1. LOL! I don't believe that you really looked like that. But yes, we definitely sacrifice our sleep, don't we?

  2. Scary!

    Sleep and socializing (though the second one really doesn't count since I prefer to be alone, but I do love getting together with my friends and wonder why I don't do it more often). Can you tell I'm conflicted?

    Sometimes I give up time with my kids (only when I'm on a deadline and when I absolutely need to have alone time to think, write and pray).

  3. :) I'm sure you looked just beautiful...glowing with the pleasure of hard work well done. Ok...maybe a little ragged, from personal experience, but I'm sure everyone who loves you could see that gleam of accomplishment in your eye. :)

  4. Esther VanderlaanMay 11, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    :) I do not believe you looked like that creepy thing. You are naturally beautiful.

  5. There's never enough time in a day to do the things we want, is there?
    But better that than sitting bored!
    Staying up late is my way too of finding the time (and peace and quiet) to do what I love, but also to catch up on stuff that was neglected while I took care of my love i.e. the french horn!
    It's a sacrifice, but a happy one.

  6. It's a labour of love... and I'm grateful to the cosmetic industry to help me look human by day.

  7. LOL! I am giggling like a girl here.

  8. Esther VanderlaanMay 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    I don't believe you looked like that!!! ;)