One more animal example. Once again, this year in Illinois, we had a cold, snowy winter. In the morning, I'd let Rascal into the yard, then I'd venture out and feed the birds and squirrels with crumbled up, unsalted corn chips placed on the patio and under the tree. It's now spring, and the snow is almost gone. I'm guessing there's more natural food around now for my yard buddies. Still, the birds come to the patio in the morning to get their chips, and I can't resist feeding them.
Then, the funniest thing of all, when I let the dog out, one particular squirrel dashes across the phone wires at record speed, then down the post, into the backyard, and over to the tree. It's figured out that once Rascal appears, food will be near. I can't bear to disappoint the critter, so I toss around some chips for it. So, I ask you, have I trained the squirrel, or has it trained me?
Enough about animals. Now, about writing. I self-publish, which affords me control over when, where, and how my books are released. I can make my own covers, choose my editor, my venues, what kind of books I write, and how long they are.
However, am I really in control? Often, I spend too much time on Facebook, Twitter, and e-mails, and not as much time writing. Also, when I feel a self-made pressure to get down to writing, suddenly I notice projects that really need doing around the house. Believe me, there are plenty, since my control over the house also fluctuates.
Will I make it? If I don't, I still have the option of changing the text on the cover and making it a Mother's Day book, which would work just as well in this case. That's the beauty of self-publishing.
Why am I mentioning all this? You may not know it, but today is National I Am in Control Day, a time to take stock of how much in control we are, and what we can do to gain a semblance of control in our lives.
Are you in or out of control? I'd love to hear your examples, either about writing or otherwise.
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