Surviving a 5 day Instagram Challenge

Here I am on the sofa surrounded by boxes in our old home with anticipation of moving to our new home on Sunday. It’s very exciting, yet I have this feeling of anxious due to neglecting my writing this week. Every day we have been packing and cleaning so that we don’t have to clean for hours on Sunday which makes sense to both of us. I wanted to write this post before we move as I’m not sure when the internet service technician will be showing up on Monday, they said anytime between 9am and 6pm and will call an hour before they show up. Really? Does this happen to everyone else? I don’t remember this wide time frame the last time we moved, or maybe it was the same and I’ve forgotten about it because really in the big picture of life, it doesn’t really matter. The ego is freaking out because I have blogs to post, an Instagram challenge to work on, the file of excuses rushes out to see how I will react. I am aware and that’s all that matters.

I was just stacking boxes in what was my writing room and came across a quote from Stephen King, that I had on my wall for some time that makes me smile and say, yes, this is what I must continue to write:

The realization that stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it & sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position.

This quote sat up and slapped me in the face when I first read it and still gives me a good shake of reality. I was packing up my writing filing cabinet that is filled with stories that I have started and some are finished but haven’t been looked at since they made it to the filing cabinet. I flipped through some of the stories and had fond memories of when I started the story, how I was so excited about the idea and now I’m wondering why in the hell did I leave it sitting in the filing cabinet to collect dust? That’s not what creativity deserves, that’s not what any of us deserves. I did pack the story into a box and have vowed to read the story once we moved and give the attention the story deserves. I’m making a commitment to myself, creativity and to you. In a month from now I will be honest if I followed through with my promise, creativity deserves the truth.

Have you revisited any of your stories that have been placed in a file drawer or closet waiting to be read again? I’d love to hear about them and how you reconnect with them. The story that I will read again is a romance, it’s about two Vancouver Canucks Hockey fans falling in love. She has recently had her heart-broken and not looking for love and he is ready to fall in love, will they find love?

Until next time, keep on typing. . . .


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