One of the best things about publishing my book has been getting to email or chat with authors who have been some of my favorites: Piper Kerman (Orange is the New Black), Kelly Corrigan (The Middle Place, Glitter and Glue), Pam Houston (Cowboys are My Weakness), and now Catherine Ryan Hyde, who wrote the bestseller that they turned into a movie–Pay it Forward. Think of it: Her book inspired a movement of sorts, kind of Karma reinvented. I think it’s because of her that your apt to be waiting in line at a drive-thru for your Starbucks and find out that the person in front of you just bought your latte. So, cheers to that. I met Catherine years ago at the Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference. She was teaching a master’s course on character development. In fact, I used what I learned in her class to help describe Wink and Sparrow in Chapter 10 of Teaching the Cat to Sit. A few days ago, Catherine interviewed me. I shouldn’t have been surprised that her questions were tough, insightful, and also a reflection of her. You can read the interview here. I’m hopeful my book does well and that one day I’ll have the chance to pay it forward too.
We all have those days (sometimes weeks, months, years) where it’s tough to get out of bed or even do those things we absolutely know will improve our energy level or outlook or fulfillment in life. What I’ve found lately is that life is a lot like writing. As a writer, some of the best advice I’ve ever been given is this: “Butt to chair. One word leads to two. Don’t think. Just do.” An object in motion tends to stay in motion. Put one foot in front of the other. All of it is really the same advice. The smallest step forward often is enough to create the momentum we need to continue–to reboot whatever needs rebooting. I might not feel like working today, but if I can just open my email, I’ll get sucked in and get engaged. Just one click. That’s all I have to concentrate on and maybe, just maybe, today the rest will follow. What inspired this blog today, you might ask? A friend of mine is fighting not to fall into a familiar hole, and his text this morning contained a typo that was as telling as it was true: “Feeling better. Job networking, gym, living. It’s time for me to fake charge. Amen. #fakecharge.