After much thought, I have decided to spend more energy in/on other parts of my life, which means stepping away from The Sparks Project online. The journey has been very educational and enriching, and I want to thank all of you readers and visitors for your interest and support.
I send you love and light as this hummingbird takes flight to the next flower. 😉
Today’s art & inspirational spark:
From an old issue of Oprah Magazine last year…
Mindy Kaling wore sequins to everything. – Mindy Kaling, 32, actress and comedian
Carjacked in the Tunnel of Love. – Cheryl Diane Kidder, 57
The good child—until I wasn’t. – Tara Hill, 44
Still fit into high school earrings. – Kimberly Kilroy, 53
Life gives lemons but no juicer. – Jordan Miller, 22
Recipe for failure. Changed my ingredients. – Antonee Boykin, 30
Write, mother, sleep. Repeat as needed. – Shonda Rhimes, 42, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and the new series Scandal
Every problem has a creative solution. – Donna Karan, 63, fashion designer
Took a second hit with another rejection email. Seriously? Back-to-back no’s? Well, what did I learn (again)?
My best friend is wise and knows just what to say at times like these.
Finding a fit is hard, especially when you are “mixed” professionally and personally.
Renewed respect for writers who just.keep.going.no.matter.what.
My dog really doesn’t care if I’m published or not.
It’s not allllll bad. Other parts of my job are going just fine, better than fine actually.
Something simple can shift you from blah to smiling… like the video I received via email yesterday and I’ve reposted below:
So I didn’t get a grant that I applied for, and well, that was pretty darn disappointing. At first I couldn’t get beyond the first paragraph with the whole “We regret to inform you…” part, but later when I reread the email I learned in the second paragraph that only 6.5% of applications were funded. Hmmm… One person told me that the funding organization should have indicated on their website that folks had a “snowball’s chance in hell” in getting support. While I appreciated the sympathetic tone of that comment, I still had a hard time reconciling the time and effort spent on the application and the non-result. Another person with an air of efficiency said to solicit feedback and then try again when the funding cycle opens up. His overall business-like attitude was both helpful and annoying; the latter because I’m not quite at the point of treating these applications as “just business,” though for my well-being I am slowly finding that I must do so. Getting funding and more importantly getting published feels so high-stakes at this stage of my career. I want and need to catch a break. All that I’ve read about writing says that failure and editing and resubmitting are all a natural part of the process. I think I can get on board with that better if I caught a break sooner rather than later…
Image Source: http://piccsy.com/2011/11/fail-5hmgj944z/
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