As a paranormal romance author, much of my time is spent in the story and it’s usually a pretty fun place to be. Being owned by two cats, two greyhounds, and a couple of finches, it often feels like the rest of my time is spent tending to them. Which is also fun. Usually.
In writing and publishing, patience and fortitude are helpful character traits for an author.
Just when you think you’ve accomplished something and start to celebrate the completion of one project -there’s another idea. Or a previous idea to edit or promote. Or a blog to write.
It’s all good, after all, what’s better for an author than to have the ideas and opportunity for more writing?
I think I’m pretty good on fortitude, but patience is something I’ll never be accused of having in abundance. Lately though, I’ve been lucky enough to have a little boost of both.
When I’m writing in my recliner, my cats perch on the arms of the chair like Patience and Fortitude, the lion statues flanking the entrance of the New York Public Library in Manhattan. My cats would much rather be in my lap, but this is our compromise whenever a deadline closes in.
They’ve learned I can’t type nearly as fast with a cat draped across my wrists – a fact which only prolongs the time that they’re displaced by a laptop or alphasmart.
It’s kind of nice to have my very own Patience and Fortitude keeping my butt in the chair and my hands on the keyboard. Once they’re settled and content I hate to move them and to go through all the angst and drama of getting them settled again – so hooray for increased productivity.
Live the adventure!