Peppity Pep Talk from Pepville

I’m hitching my horse up to the rebellion wagon. My brain is day-job tired, and I need a break. There’s a task before me on my desk that I pulled out to start at 10:30. In the intervening time, I have counseled, cajoled, congratulated, re-hired, sent out feelers for new employees, diplomatized, and eaten my lunch in 2 hours and 35 minutes.

Honestly, who’d want to quit a day job like that? *blink*

Now, normally, I’d go home, put my feet up and watch the latest in the Netflix hit parade (“The Big Lebowski” for the curious.) But I’ve made this New Year’s resolution about writing 12 hours a week, you see, and by damn, tonight’s 1.5 hours are going down!!!

Some people find that it’s not helpful to tell other people about their resolutions. I disagree. I have broadcasted all over the Internet and creation that I’m doing this, and the world is watching. My boss knows. My spouse knows. My co-workers know. Everyone thinks it’s cool. *

*transcript of two real co-worker conversations follows (yes, they remarkably similar):

“Oh,” they said. “That’s interesting. What are you writing?”
“Whatever comes out,” I said. “The point is that I’m working on something, that I’m putting in the time.”
*Gears turn.* “Oh,” they said. “That’s really cool.”
“Yes,” I said. “I’m trying to be a writer by making it part of my life and committing to it.”
“That’s really cool,” they said.

Later, one of those co-workers stopped by to say something like, “You’ve really inspired me. I’m going to see if I can find a project I can work on like that.”

So you see why I can’t let those people down. I can’t let you all down either. I can’t let me down either. And yes, this has turned into a pep talk about how I need to do this after a long, tiring day of having my extrovert batteries drained.

I knew there were times when this would be a struggle. But I’m not giving in, even if tonight I end up just going through the motions. And if I can do this, you can do this. Really! Never surrender! Dr. Writer is in the house!

Or she will be, as soon as she gets out of the office. Oh look, ANOTHER student!


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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