Saturday, October 6, 2012

Seizing the moment

Several times a year, large, well-shaped waves fire up in Venice Beach. When they do, professional surf photographers show up ready to snap pictures of pros repped by companies selling boards, clothes, etc. Look closely and you'll see there's a guy in the curl of that wave.

It's all about seizing the moment, being ready for opportunity and willing to take a chance, which is useful no matter what you do. My life has been stressed and chaotic of late, so I'm trying to carve out time here and there to write and keep up with all you lovely people.

There is a great quote attributed to Thomas Edison: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

I intend to get out my tools (I have a new book THE PLOT WHISPERER WORKBOOK that will be a lot of work, without doubt, but also may take my rewrite to a new level.) That's what I'm striving for: the big wave.

Lastly, please check out my last post about the release of THE SECRET UNDERGROUND by Natalie Bahm if you haven't and consider buying a copy to help the family of a very sick little boy. Jayden, poor wee thing, is back in the hospital again. Thank you.

16 comments:

Bish Denham said...

You are SO right about seizing the moment. I've heard great things about The Plot Whisperer Notebook. It's on my list.

One day at time. Breathe in, breathe out.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love that Edison quote - that may just have to go up in my classroom!! :)

KarenG said...

I love your analogy of seizing the moment!

The Golden Eagle said...

Great quote. Though it is sad that people shy away from opportunity because they don't want to work.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Bish: The moments keep eluding me! I have so much to do right now that it's a struggle to carve out writing time, but I'm going to...

Jemi: I adore that quote. It says sooooo much.

Thank you, Karen!

Eagle: Sad and disturbing. I don't know if it's apathy or what, but how different the world would be if everybody jumped in and tried their best.

Donna said...

Here's to putting on our overalls and getting down to it!

Yvonne Osborne said...

I love that quote, especially since my dad at 92 still likes to put on his overalls, even if he's just watching others work!

I, too, have been feeling like there's little time to write and keep up with lovely people like you. But we forge ahead, ready to seize the moment.

Have a great week, Tricia.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Donna: I don't think I've ever owned a pair of overalls, but I do have jeans and do intend to get down to it! ;)

Yvonne: What a great tidbit to share about your dad. Makes me want to shake his hand and sit a spell on your porch with you guys.

I hope you have a wonderful week,too!

Lisa Gail Green said...

That is a most awesome quote! Im going to order my copy today!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi, Lisa, and thank you!

Sarah Laurence said...

I love your wave metaphor. I'm about to hop back onto my revision board too. Happy surfing!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

*waves at Sarah* May our revisions be swift and sure.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love the picture.

I've been wondering about the workbook. I have so many, I'm not sure I need yet another one. But oh, the temptation is there to add this one. :D

Talli Roland said...

Absolutely! Life needs to be seized - it passes all took quickly. Thanks for the reminder!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Stina: I haven't dived deep enough into the workbook to tell you yet. Life keeps yanking on my sleeve to take care of other stuff. *sigh*

Talli: At the moment, I'm feeling like it's spinning by!

Faith Pray said...

Oh, I can't wait to track down The Plot Whisperer! I have been needing a plot nanny desperately! Or Mary Poppins. Or both.