Mugs & Motivation

It’s been a quiet few weeks (er, months) around Ebb & Flow.

My preoccupation with our newest international move–this time back to the Good Ol’ US of A–is much to blame. There’s a lot involved in purchasing new cars, identifying apartments, catching up with family and friends, and coordinating three different shipments of far too much stuff. (Every time we go through one of these nomadic seasons, I fantasize about burning everything we own–books excepted–and starting from scratch.)

But the biggest culprit behind the “Mysterious Case of the Missing Blog Posts” has been the dedication of all my writing time to a massive overhaul of my historical novel. And I do mean massive: facelift, rhinoplasty, and some serious literary liposuction. As in tens of thousands of words, now gone.

I’m glad about it. With every word felled by my editing machete, I know my book’s becoming better. But…

I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been intense, with each page requiring meticulous attention. As I near the tail-end of this many-months-long revision, I must confess: I’m tired. I’d love to just skim over those final few chapters.

Which is why I fell in love with this piece while searching for a new travel mug:

Don't Stop Travel Mug

It’s by Society6, which is an awesome site that allows artists to turn their creations into wearable/usable/decorate-able items ranging from t-shirts to phone cases to comforters. Every purchase plunks some change into an artist’s pocket.

I love Society6’s loot, but this mug hit me on a deeper level. It was a reminder to persevere until I’m truly proud of my work. Until I can look at the finished novel and know I gave it my all, professionally and passion-wise. A reminder that the last 75 pages are as deserving of my authorial attention as the first. And an echo of that powerful verse, Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord….”

So for any other flagging editors/writers out there–we can do it! Finish strong. And know when you delete that last word, or add that last flourish of punctuation, you’ll have produced something worth a very solid self-pat on the back.

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