I took a 10-day "stay-cation" at the beginning of September. I was able to get a lot of writing done and the inspiration was rolling in.
Then, the inevitable came. I had to go back to work. Not only did I have to go back, but I had to catch up on everything I had missed for the past 10 days. Since all of our work is done monthly, it still had to be done by the end of the month.
I was so overwhelmed at work that I lost my momentum. I had nothing.
The last small fiction piece I wrote during that period has potential. I want to expand on it. I was able to get an honest critique, which I am forever grateful for.
I love the support I get from bloggers but sometimes I wish everyone wasn't so polite. Sometimes I need brutal honesty.
Nothing lights a fire under me better than telling me I'm not good enough or I can't do something. That is the guarantee I need to get it done. This has come with years of my dad, a former band director, telling me I will never make it unto whatever group I was auditioning for, etc. I always made it because it made me work.
So, in the future, tell me what you really think. I want to know.
And, one of these days when I am back on my feet at work I will finish that piece. I'm getting there.
Does anyone else work like this?
In whale news this week
Sea World is in the hot seat again. According to Huffington Post, Nakai, an 11 year old male orca, was injured by two other whales during an evening performance at Sea World San Diego. Nakai has a serious, dinner plate sized gash on his lower mandible. It is so deep that you can see the bones.
PETA has filed a complaint claiming a violation of the Animal Welfare Act, which regulates that they are required to house orcas who are not compatible in separate spaces.
According to Sea World officials, Nakai is receiving antibiotics and veterinarians are pleased with the healing process of his wound.
My thought is that if Nakai wasn't in captivity and had room to get away, this probably wouldn't have happened.
In dolphin news
Sea World Orlando and the Miami Dolphins have announced a multi-year marketing agreement. The new slogan is "Sea World, Where the Dolphins Play". Gag! This deal will include special deals on Sea World tickets and stays for Miami Dolphins fans. I think it's sickening. Just another way to capitalize on the exploitation of captive dolphins.
Last Thursday, the Japanese fishermen were able to lure a pod of pilot whales into the cove. They were kept overnight and slaughtered on Friday. With a typhoon over the weekend, they thankfully have not had any luck since.