Wednesday, November 2, 2011

IWSG and PAD Day 2

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Lots of abbreviations today.
I am the white rabbit! Get off my tail!

Dear Sensai Alex & the Army of Ninja Writers,
         I feel so far behind! And I don't mean with my chores or even my editing. I mean how late I started writing, IN LIFE! I'm *hush the crowd* MIDDLE AGED! So many of you knew the instant you chewed on your first book of the great Dr (Suess). I am still a 2 year old writer! I have so much to learn And it shows. And being in the midst of a family w/so many other life responsibilities, I have hardly any time to dedicate to my writing. Woe is me. I just hope I get published before I die! Seriously! You never know!
                                                              Sincerely,
                                                              Ain't Gettin Any Younger

AND I am combining Sensational Haiku Wednesday (excel) with my PAD for today (epigraph) I love this! For an epigraph you add a quote to intro your poem. PERFECT!

Excel in Spite

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."
Abraham Lincoln

How do we succeed?
Listen to the nay sayers
And feed them their words.

More motivational quotes...just cause!

"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." David Brinkley

"Action is the foundational key to all success." Pablo Picasso

"Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture." Lydia M. Child

"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally." David Frost

"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." Jim Rohn

"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it." Jonathan Winters

29 comments:

Jess said...

Trust me, you're never too old to do anything! Besides, if you started writing when you were fifteen like me, you'd still wish you started younger. I know I do! So I guess we've just got to take the time we've got and make the best of it!

MISH said...

I'm also a (ahem!)middle-aged "writer-in-the-making"!
I wrote my very first piece of fiction just under a year ago... so I think I can definitely empathise with you on that point! I don't know about you, but I always feel like I'm trying to play catch-up...
Well, here's to us middle-agers *raises glass*

Heather M. Gardner said...

I should have paid more attention in school. I should have gone to college for writing. I would be further ahead too. We can only do the best we can with what we have and fake the rest.

HMG

Angela Cothran said...

Just think now you have a life full of experiences to draw from :)

Nicki Elson said...

Abraham Lincoln has the best quotes, and your haiku went with it so beautifully. :)

I also didn't figure out the whole writing thing until I was *gasp* middle aged---but better late than never and STOP thinking about dying. Sheesh.;)

Hey, I couldn't figure out how to respond to you separately, so I'll do it here---hooray that you'll spotlight me at your blog!!! Does the first Friday, Dec 2 work? Otherwise, pretty much any other Friday that month is good for me. eMail me at elson.nicki@gmail.com and we'll tawlk. :)

J. A. Bennett said...

Don't worry about your age, I've enjoyed every single thing that you write, and I'm sure you'll be published someday! I'm a late bloomer as well, I didn't get serious about writing until this year and I'm *gasp* 27! The point is, age doesn't matter as long as you work at it! (BTW, I was being sarcastic about my age if you couldn't tell)

Anonymous said...

I'm not writing to be published, but I'm writing to give a talk at church. Haven't done this in about 20 yrs. I'm about to be 64. I'm rusty and wrinkled and unprofessional but I still want to reach someone's heart as best I can.

KH LeMoyne said...

I'm...hmm, somewhat in that bucket, so pooh! Smiling here. Love your quotes and think you should take them to heart. Forward. Take that hill. Don't look at the years behind. Think forward. And the number of years - I suspect everything is a matter of perspective. If you are a NY author and doing really well, then maybe you're pretty content. But the majority of mid-list authors are having to 're-learn' a whole new approach to publishing and perhaps writing with the advent of ebooks, twitter, blogs, etc.... it never stops. And you have wisdom, experience and seasoning (he,he,he) so you can come up to speed faster. :-)
~Kate

Laila Knight said...

I'm getting closer to your neck of the woods in age. But you're never too young to follow a dream. Besides, no matter how old we get we never think we're good enough at writing. It's mixed into the bite of the writing bug. Stay strong. :)

Isis Rushdan said...

I'm with you on getting published before I die. I don't know how old you are, but you're either not that old or you look awesome for your middle age :).

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Tara
You're not the only one who waited for their later years to start writing. Just take one step at a time. Love the Jonathan Winters quote.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, Fantasy Author

Abby Fowers said...

Girl you are not alone in the insecurities. It's hard to start later in life, especially when family and so many other things need your attention too. I still love it, although I know that it can be wearing at times.

Love the quotes.

M Pax said...

I'm MA, too. You're not alone in that boat. We do what we can, taking baby steps if that's all we can do. I'll keep rooting you on.

I really love your haiku today. Very lovely and motivational.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well, if you remember my post from the last IWSG day, I'm in the same boat! Never had a dream to write. Started much later in life. Guess what - it doesn't matter. Just write!

tfwalsh said...

Age is not an issue... as long as you enjoy it, then that's all that counts:)

G-Man said...

Tara Tyler...
You are full of Home Advice and Maxims today are you not?
Very well put together Young Lady!
Great Stuff....G

Nancy Thompson said...

Oh Tara, I could have written your IWSG post! I, too, came to writing kind of late in life, 18 months ago at the age of 47. It's daunting to compete with young twenty and thirty somethings. But I also remember a post Rachelle Gardner did a few weeks back about some pretty famous writers who started much later than we have. And by the way, you in no way look *eek* middle-aged! I hope I don't either.

Great post!

I love participating in Alex's IWSG! Let's me get everything off my substantial chest.

beccagivens said...

I can relate to this ... I have only been writing for about a year ... so much more to learn and experience!!

Nice post ~~

kmckendry said...

Great quotes! And don't fret about starting late! Your determination will guide you to squeeze in writing at every free moment. You've already come a long way just having created your great blog with...wow 262 followers! Awesome! Just keep it up. :)

Melissa Sugar said...

I feel like I joined the quest for publication much to late in life as well. I have always been a writer, but I just kept putting it off. When my 53 year old brother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer (which has a very short mortality rate-3 weeks to 3 months) I watched his family scramble to get their affairs in order. When he talked about the things he wished he would have done in life( if only he had known how short that life would be) I never heard him say he wished he would have spent more time at the office or more time being mad at people who let him down. He only talked about how he wished he had spent more time treasuring time with family and not holding grudges and he regretted not doing a few of the things he wanted to do before he died. It made me realize that ten years from now (if I am fortunate enough to have ten ) I can either be a published author or I can have at least done my best to be one or I could still be saying, "I am too old to start now", except I will be ten years older than the last time I said that. It is sad that it sometimes takes tragedy or death to inspire us, but I will not waste another minute of my life. When I die I will not have regrets. If I do not make it it will be because I lacked the talent, not because I was still waiting to try.

So you are never to old to begin the steps toward making your dreams come true

julie fedderson said...

Oh, Tara, I feel the same way. Although I always was a writer, I never took it seriously until a few years ago. It was just stuff for me and my journal. Now I wish I would have had the courage to share much, much earlier.

Nanka said...

My blog has just turned over its first year and I'm happy at all the time well spent!! Better late than never!! :)

anthonynorth said...

That haiku is so true. Nice one.

Heather M. Gardner said...

That turned out fantastic! Really great job on Excel in Spite!

I also like the Jonathan Winters quote!
HMG

Christa said...

Ha! I feel this way every time I see Hannah Moskowitz and Kody Keplinger on Twitter. Good insecurity...but really, forty is the new twenty.

Charissa Weaks said...

I know the feeling!!! Why didn't I go to college for writing?? I've asked myself that question so many times. I'd be so much further ahead! But...we have to start somewhere...and at least we started. Lots of people never pursue what makes them really happy. Best of luck :)

Tara Tyler said...

i almost forgot to say thank you for all the supportive comments! and its comforting to know i'm in such good company!

here's to you all!

shoulda woulda coulda blah!
just do it =)

zongrik said...

Abe Lincoln was so motivational. To have a leader like him today....

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

"feed them their words" is the BEST phrase! Love it - well done!!