Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What's Your Passion? (or Whatcha Whatcha Whatcha Want?)

Tip of the Day: Spend a day writing to the same schedule that an Olympian trains for a competition -- how could you not improve and flex your writing muscles?

My friend just called to tell me she's engaged! (Yay Nicki and Eric!) I am so happy for them -- and not at all envious. Sure, we've had similar relationship experiences (both been with our manpanions for over 5+ years, for example), but even though engagement is something that could potentially be in my reach, I have no feelings of Why not me?

Some friends and coworkers are getting pregnant and having babies (Yay Mindy!) Again, I am so happy for them and not at all envious. Sure, I might want a baby some day, but not now so I have no feelings of Why not me?

Meanwhile, other friends can't wait to get engaged then married. Some couples are trying so hard to have babies and it's not happening for them. So the events I described above make them yearn for those things. Make them envious. It's something they really want.

What gets me feeling like, "Man, I TOTALLY WANT THAT"?

Reading Publishers Marketplace's New Deals, of course!

I am so happy for those who have made their first kidlit sales and when I read about them, I'm like, "I can't wait for that to be me, too!"

These realizations have led me to create a highly scientific discovery:

Achievement x (Envy x Amount) = Passion

Before February when I got my YA Librarian job, I had a similar feeling:

(When someone else got a YA Librarian job) x (Envy x LOTS) = My passion was without a doubt to become a YA Librarian

Now that I've acheived that, my equation has switched to:

(When someone gets an MG/YA debut book deal) x (Envy x LOTS) = My passion is to publish a MG/YA book

By using this scientific equation, one can prove that they are not crazy for continuously trying for and yearning for some sort of achievement; they are simply PASSIONATE -- it is what they are SUPPOSED to do.

Fill in the equation -- what is YOUR passion?

Deena, Miss Recently Repped


Kristina Springer said...

Mine is happy family = happy me + happy hubby + happy kids and of course, write lots and sell lots of books.

DeenaML said...

Sounds like you are well on your way, Tina! Your family is TOO CUTE not to be your passion! :)

Emily Marshall said...

Okay, I obviously have the same goal you do in terms of getting a book deal.

And it's hard not to want the other things people have. I still have to remind myself all the time to be happy with what I do have, while at the same time striving to improve myself in both writing and life in general.

DeenaML said...

The things I don't understand are when ppl have that PASSIONATE feeling about material things. Like, "I just have to have that iPhone!" :)