Friday, November 11, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Trips, Falls and Stumbles

Sometimes, we trip.
Sometimes, we fall. I get it...they meant cat stalk.  My bad.

Sometimes, the whole world watches as we struggle with a stumble.
Sugar Shane's thought: Laying down seems a good idea right about now.
But what matters is what we do AFTER the trips, falls and stumbles.  During my down time, I sort of considered giving up on NaNoWriMo.  It was a brief and fleeting thought, but a real one, I think.  Could have been the muscle relaxer I took for the ache.  Then I figured, whether I win or lose, it's about this story that I breathed a bit of life into.  And so, this is what I chose.
If Jackie Chan were teaching me how to get back up, I'd be one bad  mama!
Getting back up can mean a lot of things.  For me it meant adding a least one more thousand words to my story.  So I started working a bit on Wednesday and a little more on Thursday and have increased from 13k to 15,300 word count.  A modest increase.

This weekend is a wash as I'll be away from the computer for a few days but I'll get back to work NaNoWriMoing as soon as I can because I hope to make my NaNo experience look like I did this:
So what about you, any unexpected obstacles crop up?  How do you normally try to handle them?


Maria Zannini said...

Everything is cyclical, so I don't worry when things go bad. I also don't strut like a peacock when I'm on top of the world. That too, is fleeting. :-)

Wherever you'll be, I hope you'll have a good time.

Angelina Rain said...

I'm glad you're not giving up on nano. Even if you don't get to 50,000, it's the trying that counts.

Isis Rushdan said...

Obstacles always pop up, but we have to learn to either beat them back down or take evasive maneuvers.

We all stumble, so don't sweat it :).

Angela Cothran said...

Is it bad that I don't feel too bad about super models falling? Probably, huh...*hangs head in shame*

LD Masterson said...

Stay with it, Angela. You'll be doing your happy dance at the end.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Getting up means not quitting!

Angela Brown said...

Maria - Ref: also don't strut like a peacock when I'm on top of the world. That too, is fleeting. :-)

I think too many people forget about this, so when the fall happens, it's a sight to behold.

Thanks, Angelina. You're right on point.

I like that Isis, "either beat them back down or take evasive maneuvers". I'm going to work on the evasive maneuvers option :-)

No, Angela. It is not bad at all. These are some of the better looking falls. Some of the falls that got captured on film, well, let's just say the models should have had some underwear on. Sheesh!

Appreciate the motivation, LD.

Why do I feel you just gave me some Rocky inspration, Alex? lol!!

Anonymous said...

You're doing better than me, LOL. Keep on, keeping on Angela, you can do it!

Tara Tyler said...

love your encouraging post!
nice to know that models arent perfect =)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks Raelyn. I'm trying. :-)

You know, Tara, there's something about that whole modeling industry that just becomes a bit more human when you see moments like this.

elizabethanne said...

I love "when you stumble, make it part of the dance". I often remind myself of a sentence a Canadian politician, Tommy Douglas, used to quote regarding stumbles and seeming failures -- "I'll lay me down and bleed awhile, then rise and fight again."

Good for you for getting back to NaNoWriMo. Keep dancing, even when the pace slows. (All music has rests, so do dances.)

CNHolmberg said...

Way to stick with it!

I get the two-thirds blues that I've noticed a lot of writers experience: about 2/3 of the way through a book, you hate everything about it and want to throw it in the trash. ;) I think I've gotten this with every single book I've written, and for a while I can only do my minimum wordcount and with much gnashing of teeth, but in the end it's all worth it! Even if the book never sells, it's practice, because the first million words anyone writes are crap anyway.

Krispy said...

Don't give up! Keep going! I feel like Week 2-3 of NaNo is always the hardest, but whatever wordage you get done is admirable.

I'm way behind - like waaaaaaaaay behind. So really, you're doing great! :D Have a lovely weekend!

Shelley Munro said...

Good for you, Angela. When I come up against a setback I'll usually mutter a bit, take a break and go for a walk or bike ride, then go back to the problem and kick that sucker's butt. I'm awful stubborn!

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

You stumble, you fall, but then you get up with a smile on your face and you keep going. That's the spirit that I admire in people like you :-) Achieving goals is not always a straight-forward journey. Most of the time we struggle but when we finally get to the finish line the accomplishment is so worth it. Keep strong and never give up! :-)

Mike Keyton said...

Angela, this is your song. Enjoy

Angela Brown said...

Goodness, the weekend away from my laptop has been fun but I missed doing my favorite thing: sharing my comment commentary :-)

Elizabethanne - I think you're quote is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing it.

CNHolmberg - I'm wondering if we can stretch that out to the first 2 million words? Otherwise, I may have met my crap quota twice lol!!

Krispy - You are probably on to something. It has been difficult but we shall all do our very best.

Shelley - This is where being stubborn is motivation all its own.

Angela - I'm going to give it my best. Thanks to you and everyone for the encouragement. It is SOOOO extremely helpful.

Mike - Now THAT was very appropriate. Thanks. I bobbed my head and felt some extra inspiration...also a distinct need for a good whiskey or vodka.

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