So, I've been a bit busy lately and haven't really kept up with all the posts here at the BRG as well as I should. So I am just catching up on Meghan's posts about the "dark side" of being a children's book creator. And while I agree with what Meghan has written (bookstore signing can be completely depressing), I wanted to add a bit more encouragement to the overall picture.
At my wedding, my science genius cousin (he really is a genius, he's working to find a cure for Alzheimer's) Austin gave a little speech at my wedding. Earlier in the day, he had been untangling his guitar strap and Alex had made a comment about how the straps always seemed to get tangled, and why was that? Entropy, Austin said.
According to him, as soon as factors occur--someone moving the guitar, lifting the strap--there are an infinite number of ways for it to get tangled but only one way for the strap be perfectly straight. When you think of the probability of the strap staying straight, it is actually close to impossible. And if you take this metaphor and apply it to life and the changes that must occur--love, death, work--you realize that it is impossible for that road to be straight as well. It is impossible for life to be as you plan at the start. But once you accept that, that life is going to be mixed up and changed and tangled--unexpected and amazing things can happen.
And that applies to working in our field. Nothing is worse than self defeat. Don't let the tangles tie you down. The road to publishing and staying published is never a straight path and I doubt it is ever easy. But if you just accept that it is entropy and keep going, it might surprise you in wonderful ways.