Thursday, June 24, 2010

Real or Imagined?

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.


Today, the mountainous journey toward publication may seem impossible. The path feels too rocky, the climb too steep, the end goal unreachable. But is it?

How do we know that this time our CP's won't finally give us the green light or that we won't have that aha! moment we've been waiting for tomorrow or that the next call won't be "the one"?

We DON'T know what's waiting for us at the top of the next rise.



So keep climbing!

45 comments:

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Thanks for the encouragment. I can always count on you for that! :o)

Catherine Denton said...

*Happy sigh* Thank you. I needed that.
Winged Writer

Jen said...

This was cute Shannon! Thank you so much for sharing!!! I feel like climbing today, I don't feel the defeat that I've felt for weeks, I'm glad the clouds are breaking up and I'm able to fly on through!

Palindrome said...

Thank you!! I will keep climbing! I've been doing pretty well these past few months, let's hope that continues!

Candyland said...

Ugh. Thanks for this. Big time.

Jonathon Arntson said...

I am afraid of heights, but even more afraid of failing.

Falen said...

oh! Man i HOPE my journey is mostly a sign disguising the lenght. That would be AWESOME!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

I'm with Falen, I hope that cartoon is for real! That I'm further than I feel right now. Thanks for the pick me up this morning, definately needed it :)

Jaydee Morgan said...

Lots of inspirational posts today - but hey, some days we can use as many as we can get!

salarsenッ said...

Climbing, although on me knees lately. Here for you, too, Shannon. You're wonderful.

Vicki Rocho said...

That's fantastic! Thanks!

sarahjayne smythe said...

Great post and great cartoon. Thanks for reminding us. :)

Southpaw said...

Will do. Let me just hook up my carabiner to your rope. ;)

Conda V. Douglas said...

Thanks for the encouragement!

Jennie Englund said...

Yes, Yes! We keep climbing, because we'll NEVER get there if we don't keep trying.

And we hold hands with each other the whole way. And we cry because it's hard and it hurts. And we sing.

Mia said...

That is so lovely *hugs* thanks :)

Patti said...

Just think when you reach the top how you'll feel and then all the hours you spent getting there will be forgotten.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

So true! Your posts are always so encouraging! I'm going to have to check out those cartoons ... :)

Tahereh said...

i <3 you.

you are such a spot of sunshine in this blogosphere!

Kari said...

Thanks for the much-needed laugh and encouragement : )

DL Hammons said...

And don't look down! :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shannon -

Love the cartoon! I must visit that site.

Even if those distant mountains are there, taking one step at a time is all we can do. For me, that translates into setting intermediate goals. The small successes give me encouragement to persevere.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Carolyn V. said...

So true! I'll have to tell you what has happened to a couple of my friends regarding the publishing business (all good)!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Very true- my husband has a great line I keep in the back of my mind.

We don't know how your story ends.

So I just have to keep climbing!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Thanks for the encouragement Shannon. I think I slid down the mountain a bit today, but I'll keep on climbing. :)

Corey Schwartz said...

I agree. You are a ray of sunshine :)

Karen Lange said...

Thanks so much! Have a wonderful weekend:)
Blessings,
Karen

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

My dad use to say you only fail when you quit trying, soooo keep climbing!

Have a great weekend!

Deb Salisbury said...

I feel that way some days. A great reminder to keep my mind on the current task. Thanks!

Kenda said...

Gotta' keep climbing--I want to see the view from the top! Thanks for the inspiration, Shannon :-)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Thanks, Shannon! I felt my 300 word picture book manuscript was a mountain today...I just can't get the meter right and keep the story perfect...UGH...I put on my mountain boots and climbing belt and try again tomorrow.

WritingNut said...

Thanks for the encouragement Shannon! I am continuously sliding down, but I'll make it one day (I hope!).

Roxane B. Salonen said...

I just got a second wind. Thanks Shannon! You are so good at that. :)

Patti Lacy said...

LOVE your encouraging blog.
Thanks!!

climbing the Hill that the Lord erected.

P

Cleverly Inked said...

Ha, Still cracking up over here. Thats too funny (the pic)

Mary Campbell said...

Keep climbing - I need to internalize this. I'm not even looking towards publication right now - I just want to finish my book.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

So true #2. It always seems that right when I get to the point where it feels like I can't. climb. anymore! I get boost I need to keep climbing.

Looking back helps too. Seeing how far you've come, and knowing you'd be wasting all that effort if you don't keep going. :)

Have a great weekend!

cleemckenzie said...

Super cartoon . . . and so inspiring! I'm saving it for my inspiration wall where I have things that give me hope and make me laugh.

Lynn said...

So true! I love the image that you picked. The climb is hard, but conditions us for when we do get to the top, and need to now get to the next peak. I don't think it ever stops. We just may have to rest in a cave from time to time.

Alexia561 said...

Great cartoon! And can be applied to almost any situation in life. Thanks for posting this! :)

Terri Tiffany said...

Oh I loved this as I can apply this to so many areas in my life right now! Don't I wish this WIP will be the one!

Raquel Byrnes said...

That was great...and timely too. Needed the encouraging bump this morning.

Lisa and Laura said...

I think we all need to bookmark this post. Isn't it the truth?

GMR said...

So inspirational and fitting for anyone with a challenge ahead. Thanks for the friendly "push"! ^_^

Jackee said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Shannon. I love that cartoon!

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