Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Squirrels & Patience

I've already checked off one of my Month of September Goals: going camping with my sister. It was way fun. With my sisters help, we built our own fire (the first one we've ever built on our own). What fun, huh?! Our tin foil dinners chuck full of chicken, onions, peppers, and zucchini turned out excellent and super tasty. We've set up tents a dozen times. That wasn't hard at all. Of course I didn't sleep particularly well, even with the blowup mattress. No problemo. It was all for the fun and to have some bonding time with my sis. I will relate this to writing, so just wait. But for now, here are some pictures:

 
The campsite was infested (in a good way) with squirrels and chipmunks.
I captured this super cute picture. Pretty dang cute, huh?

Look at the squirrel photo... Okay, now that you've enjoyed my amazing photography skills, I will expound upon it. Ok, everyone can capture a picture in some way, shape, or form. It may look different depending on the camera, the skill, the opportunity, etc... But a lot about photography is patience. I waited for about ten minutes to capture that photo. I must have taken eight or nine pictures before I got it just right.

With writing, it's the same. It takes patience. Patience to plot, write, edit, query, go on submissions, and perhaps starting all over again. But the patience pays off, even if it is just the satisfaction of completing a chapter or a first draft, all the way up to getting your story published.

So be patient, my dear followers. Be kind to yourselves. And breathe. :D

So, how do you keep yourself calm while writing in order to be patient? How have your camping trips been? Or are you a Ritz Hotel kind of person?

Writing. Jewels.

Photography Copyright Julia King 2012

23 comments:

  1. I've never been camping but I think it'd be fun! Love the squirrel picture. :)

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    1. You should try out a camping trip, Ghenet. It's fun, not as comfortable as your own bed, though. haha And thanks.

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  2. You look cold! Hope you had hot cocoa!

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    1. The weather actually wasn't that bad. It wasn't until around 10pm that it got a bit chilly. The fire was helpful for sure. :D

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  3. Congratulations on building a fire. It can be more challenging than people think and each time, it kind of gives me an appreciation for what it must have been like in prehistoric times when man had to build a fire to save his life.

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    1. Haha. I even beat my fist against my chest after I successfully built the fire. I'm a caveman at heart. *drools and mutters nonsense* bahahahaha

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  4. Three star or better hotel all the way! Anything less IS camping. (You can tell I'm not the outdoors type.)
    Great chipmunk photo. I'm sure he taunted you a while before posing.
    I'm patient during editing. First drafts, not so much...

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    1. You do seem like a three star hotel kind of guy. Haha I enjoy hotels, too. Probably more than camping. I could sure use a hotel by a beach right now.

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  5. Dude, you want camping trip stories? I used to be a field counselor for a wilderness program for troubled teenagers. Next time we get together, I'll share. I'm glad you had fun because I love camping. I write prolifically when I'm camping.

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    1. One with nature, Rob. Yes, do tell me about your wilderness experiences the next time we chat.

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    1. I'd bet. I enjoyed building my own. :D

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  7. I so want to go camping with you next time! Love the campfire and the tin foil dinners sound yummy too! (:

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    1. Yes. Elise and Julia camp out. That's a for sure on the bucket list now. :D

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  8. Looks like you had a great time. I love squirrels and chipmunks. I also love camping...only when it's warm. Lol

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    1. I've been back packing and have definitely frozen to death (obviously not till I've died). You are smart there, Miranda.

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  9. I went on a week-long camping trip this summer in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE... it was... amazzzing... I wish I could live like that... I loved the peace, the slow pace, the nature... even if I did look horrid, lol... I miss it so much!

    And I haven't figured out how to *breathe* yet... I'm getting there, but I haven't mastered it yet ;) And you look super gorgeous in those pics!

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    1. How fun, Morgan! I'm glad you had a fun time. Thanks for the compliment of my gorgeousness. Haha

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  10. So very true! I've really been working on having patience, and I am finally to the point where I'm content. You know what that means, right? Something will drastically change in my life and I'll be right back to working on having patience. LOL!

    Looks like a fun camping trip!

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    1. Yep, it seems like when we've mastered something, something happens to throw us back to square one. haha But life's a process, right? And then we plug on and on. :D

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  11. I've never gone camping. Not for real at least. I did the old school camping where you stay in cabins, but that was the extent of it.

    Yes, writing does take patience. But then you get to a point where you have deadlines and you just want things to slow down. LOL

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    1. I've done the cabin camping. At least it's warm, huh? Or as warm as it can be. I'd love to have deadlines, cuz then I'd be nearer to publish-dom. Deadlines freak me out, though. haha

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  12. Aww! Chipmunks and squirrels are so cute. I remember going camping (cabin camping) when I was in Girl Scouts, but I've never slept in a tent. It looks like fun.

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