Alex Callahan

Perfect mix of magic and mayhem

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Failure is indeed an option

Random Thought Process Alert:

Someone at work told me recently: “Failure is not an option”. I laughed and nodded before we both moved on to another task we’ve been discussing. But at the back of my head, I heard a nagging voice insisting that “yes, it is.”

Failure is part of life, more so when you’re a writer. Our craft is so subjective than even when you’re at your best, someone somewhere will hate what you put out.

Every time I get a rejection email from an agent, that’s one more failure on my balance sheet. And yes, every time it hurts, but I can’t deny its impact on me.

Failure has taught me so much over the years.

I learned time management and how to prioritize my tasks, and what happens when I don’t do it. I learned what things I actually value and what I can live without. I learned how to manage my money and why ignoring my problems can lead to disaster.

More importantly: I learned to motivate myself when the results of my work are not immediate. I learned to establish my own standards and work hard to achieve them, to work hard until I’m satisfied with the results. And I learned to be very careful about whose opinions I care about and who do I allow to influence me and my choices.

So yeah, failure is indeed an option. It’s the option that allowed me to grow, to become better. A better person. A better writer. A better career woman.

Simply better.

BRB, participating in #NaNoWriMo

So, I’m participating in NaNo this year. It’s been a while since I’ve done this because it was difficult to get any words in last year after I started my new, super challenging job. But this year, I took time off for the first couple of weeks of November so I can fully commit to writing the sequel of my last Nano win. I’m not as prepared as I was the last time around, because my outline is not finished, so I’ll have to pants through some of the parts, but with more time especially at the beginning, I’m hoping I’ll get the majority of the book done before I have to go back to work.

While I have a lot of social events planned for my holidays (since part of it is for me to recharge and recover after a hard year at work), I will be doing a lot of writing in between. I’m hoping to dedicate at least one day to completing my Vox Machina Word Crawl to see what the total for a day like that would be (it’ll be insane, I can’t wait) and two other days for completing two different word crawls I got linked to in the Nano forums (there are A LOT of word crawls and I love doing them, so it will be a hard choice to settle on just two).

Wish me luck. And if anyone wants to buddy up, I’m alexcallahan over on the Nano website 🙂

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