Thursday, June 22, 2017

Missing Deadlines Can Be OK

SWG extended their deadline for the current challenge story until the end of the week, but even with the extension and my having chosen the minimum number of prompts for it, I'm still going to miss the deadline. I know that every year when I focus on Bead & Button Show, my attendance at the show and making items in my various classes and workshops, my creative flames switch. They move from the computer keyboard to the variety of hammers and saws (and flame - lots of flame) that are used in metalsmithing. I'm still creative, but in a different way.

I remember the days when I was a beader and attending classes meant
carrying a task light, bead pad, needles and thread. Now I carry a "portable"
cart of tools because metalsmithing requires a bunch of heavy stuff. I
use a fold-up two-wheeler to pull everything from one place to another. 

My personal schedule also changes with the longer days and warmer weather. I spend more time outdoors away from the keyboard, and my Sundays, which could sometimes be used for catch-up time on stories and plots, end up being "let's take another load or two to the landfill" days. It's not a bad thing - not at all. But it requires a shift in time management and thought and design processes.

I enjoy writing fanfiction, but sometimes life gets in the way. I don't write
for a living, although I've looked into it in the past, because when you write
for profit, you have to write no matter what - every day, inspiration or not. Ick! 

I'm not objecting, even though my goal of a stamp for each of the month's competitions won't happen. Sometimes life moves so quickly and I just have to jump into the stream, find the one that will lead me past the many places I want to visit, and stick with it. I know that stories can be submitted late, and if I pick this one up again, that's what it will be - late. It's not the end of the world, just a small disappointment cocooned in a thick nest of good things that cushion the harsh edges of the bad.

Look at this amazing netted cocoon. I'm totally in love with the netted
structure of it. The pattern on the greenery above it totally blows me
away also. So beautiful! 

I hope all of your bad edges are also thoroughly blanketed with soft, protective cushions. Have a wonderful Thursday and enjoy the day!

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