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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jedi Mind Tricks

Happy Star Wars Day (on May the 4th....get it?  May the Fourth...May the Force....)

I missed this day last year, so I have been looking forward to it for 364 days!

So, a Star Wars inspired post seemed appropriate:

Sometimes, you open up the laptop with the intent to do something important, like work on your WIP.  But first you have to check a few things, you know, just to see...

And the next thing you know, you are totally off track.  Maybe you are distracted by your emails or maybe it's even worse than that.  Maybe checking the internet (twitter, blogger, facebook, what-ev) has made you feel like you've been fooling yourself.  You?  A writer?  Hahahahaha!  If you were a writer, you would have agents fighting for your attention.  You would have books auctions with HUGE advances.  You would be a Best Seller.

And none of those things are your reality.

And so you leave the internet all discombobulated and confused, thinking, Those aren't the droids I'm looking for.  You step away from your computer (and your WIP!!!) and eat too much ice cream and it doesn't help.


THOSE ARE THE DROIDS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR!  Right there, sitting under your nose!!  Don't let Obi-Wan get all up in your grill and mess with your head.  You know what you need to to--WRITE.

Don't EVER let stuff you read online make you feel like you can't...or that you are doing it the wrong way.

Or you will end up with this guy:

So, go on, go wrangle up your droids and get cracking on that WIP!


Queen's Note:  I resisted the urge to write this entire post in Yoda-speak.  (or, The urge I resisted....hahaha).

Be glad you won't be seeing me tomorrow.  Speak like Yoda all day I shall.


Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love this post. Hilarious!

Great advice, though. It is easy to feel gloomy when you see everyone you know land agents but not you. But it doesn't need to be that way. You need to remember why you started writing in the first place. Hopefully it was something deeper than you wanted to see your book on the store bookshelf. ;)

Jess said...

This is awesome (*shuffles off to get the right pesky droids*)

Matthew MacNish said...

How did I not know about Star Wars day?

Anonymous said...

Cute post.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Tabitha Bird said...

hee hee. I love speaking like Yodda too.

thank you so much for your comment on my post. That encouraged me tones. :)

Jessie Oliveros said...

I TA'ed for a biology professor in college you would have loved. He taught Freshman biology, and every first day of the semester he came in wearing a Jedi robe. Yes, he was the best teacher ever.

storyqueen said...

Stina-Yes...because the reality is that although it is cool to see your book in a store, the thrill fades eventually. It all goes back to the writing.

Jess-Those ARE the droids you are looking for.

Matthew-I KNOW, right? But don't despair...even though you missed May the Fourth be with you day, tomorrow is the Revenge of the Fifth.

Susanne-I am putting your books in the mail tomorrow.

Tabitha-Anytime! (or, would Yoda say, "Time-any?")

Jessie-That is my kind of professor!

Donna Weaver said...

Love this post! Those dang Jedi mind tricks. They get me every time!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What a fun, but true post. :)

Christina Lee said...

I pretty much needed this today! SO thankful to you, I am (how's that for Yoda speak?) !!!

Catherine Denton said...

Haha. Now I kind of wish you would've written it in Yoda speak. I'll tell my son he bought a new set on the Star Wars day! ;)

Thank you for this post.
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Lydia K said...

May the Fourth be with you too. Star Wars geeks unite!

Janet Johnson said...

I Love that poster! And I love this whole post. Now that you put it in Star-Wars-speak, I get it!

Off to clear my head of Jedi mind tricks. :)

Anne Spollen said...

Great post, Shelley!

It's so much easier to get off track than to stay on track. But you can't listen to that inner critic or nothing gets done.

Margo Berendsen said...

I have loved that Regrets image for months now! I love it when it pops again, it means yay, another kindred Star Wars soul.

But I really like the spin you put on it too. Don't let the world whisper that those arent' the droids you are looking for. Thank you!!!!