It all started with the sweet little baby, JUST under a year old. She got the flu and it was so bad I ended up taking her to the emergency room over the weekend. We were admitted to the hospital overnight so she could get fluids by IV.
I've been in the hospital a couple of times to have my children and both were GREAT about having food for guests. Not only did I get food as the patient, but anyone in my room could order from the menu and just pay for the food they wanted. But at this children's hospital, there was NO food. They kept telling me I should go to the cafeteria but there was no way I was leaving my baby screaming and terrified with people she didn't know. I wonder if they have that policy to FORCE parents to take a break.
It was probably the longest night of my life but we survived and were released the next afternoon. The baby was still sick for a few days but then got back to normal...just a few days before her first birthday!
The day before her birthday, though, big sister was sick. Same sort of thing, but at least just for the day. And since I had been covered in it all for a full week, ON the baby's actual first birthday, I was sick. At least she felt decent and was able to pick at her cake a bit.
Once I got over it I was hopeful we were all on the mend. Then the baby had a high temperature and cold symptoms. And then a snow storm hit my area and we couldn't leave the house. My husband joyfully went off on a business trip. The house should legally be condemned. And so on and so forth.
Doesn't it just seem like it's one thing after another? That's true for family illnesses and a lot of other things. Even writing.
I've heard a lot of stories from other authors about things gone wrong in the publishing world with their book. They do the final edit and get a preview copy and find a bunch of things wrong. They get bad review after bad review. They have their books pulled from shelves because of lack of sales. There are SO many things that can go wrong and sometimes, it ALL goes wrong.
What do I say about that possibility and what do I tell those that go through things like that? (By the way, I've gone through plenty of similar things with my own writing!) Now, as a more seasoned writer, I say weather the storm! Get to the other side. There IS light there!
I survived the plague on my house. The house is still worse for the wear, but everyone in it is starting to smile again. And once I get done with this blog perhaps even the house will get some attention. :) And on the other side, things have calmed down and are falling back into place. No such illness is fun....but it passes.
The same can be said about anything that can happen to you as a writer. Sure, you got a bad review. They sting. I know. I've gotten them myself. But you read them, you shake your head, you mourn a little, you move on.
No matter what you face as a writer or whatever your passion, power through. There are going to be rough times. There are going to be times when it seems like nothing can possibly go right because everything is just so wrong. Sometimes that's a good test for you. How badly do you really want it? Enough to keep going? If so...go! Don't give up! Things will turn around and who knows where you could end up because of it.
When I heard no after no after no I was very discouraged. But eventually, because I didn't tell MYSELF no, I got a publishing contract. Endure the plague, whatever it might be in your life, persevere. You can make it to the other side and who knows what might be there waiting for you.
Coming from someone who has carried a 20 pound baby on her arm nearly constantly for a full week...you're stronger than you think!