Everybody Needs A Do-Over Now and Again

“Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one.”

It’s a common colloquialism, and one of the facts of being an author. Where one reader might absolutely love a story, another reader may have trouble making the story or the characters jibe. And more often than not, the negative reactions are the ones that make it onto Amazon or Goodreads. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and all that.

But every now and then a good review or happy reader touches base and wipes out all semblances of irritation or disappointment over sourpusses. As an author, you put on your big girl panties and move on to your next story, and focus on your own ideas.

Last night, as we were standing in the garden admiring how nice our zoysia sod looks (laying two tons of sod ourselves nearly killed us), my mister made a brilliant observation in our front yard: even nature needs a do-over every now and again.

He pointed on the driveway to a messy array of moss, pine needles and small twigs, then up to a truly sad looking nest. “I’ve been watching the Cardinals work on this for the last week,” he said, shaking his head and grinning. “These have got to be the stupidest birds I’ve ever seen, but they sure are persistent.”

It seems the birds chose an overly slim set of branches for the nest, and the bottom sags down about eight or ten inches below the lip … they keep trying to stitch it together better but just when it seems it might stay, a swift wind or rain comes along and breaks it up again. And despite their only tools being beaks and claws, they keep trying.

Persistence. Now that’s concept I can get behind. Persistence pays off in the end. Whether you’re a new author trying to break into the big game, or an architecturally-challenged Cardinal … Keep trying, and your persistence will pay off in the end.

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