You: *waves* You made it! I was beginning to think it would just be me and my coffee today.
Me: *plops into chair* Was held up by the MTA. Major subway delays and there was this ridiculous crowd of angry people pushing against each other for any train that came. I half expected someone to shout “THIS IS SPARTA”. I hate New York.
You: No, you don’t, you love New York.
Me: Ugh, I do love New York.
You: You’re like an old married couple with the city. There’s always something to bicker about – MTA delays, insane crowds, one stop down from Times Square and all of a sudden, you’re in a dangerous neighborhood – but at the end of the day, you’d never divorce New York.
Me: Love through sickness, health, and sweaty people in packed trains. Nothing like the MTA during a summer rush hour.
You: That’s right, we passed the Summer Solstice! June really flew by, didn’t it?
Me: This whole year really flew by. How did we get to the halfway point already? I’VE ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING.
You: Jade, I think you need a pep talk.
Me: A what now-oh!
You: Every day is another day you get to spend doing something you really love: writing.
Me: *rolls eyes* Right, because it’s sooo easy to be a successful author or poet or screenwriter. Because there aren’t thousands of other people more talented than me, more luckier than me, who are trying to make a name for themselves too.
You: I’m not talking about thousands of other people. I’m talking about you. I care about YOU. I’m here with YOU. I have a quote by a self-published author that I want to share with you.
“Writing is the ultimate democratic artform. If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably written an email. If you’ve written an email, you can write a book. It might not be the Next Great American Novel, but it would be yours. If you’ve written a book, you can write a better one. If you’ve written a better one, then please don’t stop because I want to read everything you dream up. When it comes to storytelling, we are the only things standing in our way.” – Eliot Peper
Me: Okay…I get what you’re saying.
You: Who knows how many summers we’re going to get? But this summer, this summer is here right now, and it’s your choice what you’re going to do with it. So what are you going to do?
Popping back in to Weekend Coffee Share, a cozy weekend blogging event hosted by Diana at Part Time Monster Blog.
To see the artist Hannah’s other pep talks, here’s a nifty tumblr link.
For Eliot Peper’s entire post on writing, self-publishing, and evil monkey armies, see this link here.
Credit for the beautiful featured photo goes to Olu Eletu.