Walking North and Looking South

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I walked slap bang into a guy mopping the floor in the supermarket today, and we both just barely managed not to end up bums on deck. Never mind twerking – we invented a brand new dance. Poor fellow apologised profusely and loudly – as did I, at the same time – seeing as how it only happened because I wasn’t looking where I was going. How I’m still alive is a miracle if my public behaviour is anything to go by. I tend to always be overly busy in my head, thinking about one thing or another, and not paying much attention to my surroundings. If there wasn’t an object or a person in a particular spot the last time I went somewhere, I generally just zoom on through to where I want to be assuming that things are just the same. It’s probably the shock of being bashed on the back of the head with a swingball set, or a large fully laden handbag whacking you in the kidneys that’s prevented anyone from clouting me so far – yes – I’ve done both of those things, and much more, in my time in shopping malls around and about. So.

I suppose it’s the same with any goal, whether it’s somewhere you’re physically going, or something you hope to accomplish – it’s probably a good idea to occasionally lift your head and eyeball the actual trip. Having your books finally published is an amazing feeling – an end of a particular trip – and looking back I realised that my publishing journey was pretty similar to my real life zooming. Close eyes, pinch nostrils, and jump on in. Probably not the right way to go about things. I don’t regret any of it though – mistakes and all, it’s who I am, and I don’t see any point in trying to change myself. I reckon that if you’re coming from an honest place, doing what you do the best you can, and – ahem – being mindful of not injuring anyone else in the process, then you’re good to go. I will most certainly make a supreme effort from now on to look where I’m going in public places, so as not to cause any more bodily harm, and I think that I’ve learned enough about the world of indie to get properly started on this authoring trip now at a very slightly slower pace. Baby steps are all very well – and ABSOLUTELY recommended – but sometimes a wild, wild ride is worth it too at the end of it all. That’s just me though. *Grins – sips tea – misses lip* So I guess that the moral of this waffle is, do as I suggest, and not as I do.

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37 thoughts on “Walking North and Looking South

    mihrank said:
    April 29, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Reblogged this on mihran Kalaydjian and commented:

    Walking North and Looking South
    Very interesting and valuable blog!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you for sharing my lovely friend! 🙂

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    M T McGuire said:
    April 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I am the most amazing klutz. Even McMini has noticed. A little while ago, while we were sitting on the bottom step of the stairs, I banged my head on the bannister and he looked at me with a very serious expression and said.

    “Mummy, you really must learn where things are.”

    Trouble is, like you, I forget. These days, when I stuff up, I tell people that I’ve cocked up so they don’t have to.

    Cheers

    MTM

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      How did you bang your head when you were already sitting down? LOLOLOL! Your little McMini is a wise little guy – going to have to look out for his Mum on all her future epic adventuring. I’m totally like you there – admit it – I don’t even blush anymore – it’s best to power through these things I reckon. Years back when we’d only been married for a short time, Angus & I took a trip to the Wild Coast Casino for the weekend – got there all bright eyed and bushy tailed, and in the parking lot before we even went in, I turned and pointed to the gorgeous view and nearly took his eye out with my finger – contact lens gone forever, and he had to play the one armed bandits with one eye shut. Too late for an annulment though – he had to learn to duck over the years. 😀 😀

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        M T McGuire said:
        April 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm

        Glad I’m not the only kluts. As for banging my head on bannisters, well, I was sitting down and threw back my head to laugh. To be honest, I bang my head so often I’m surprised it’s still attached. 😉

        Cheers

        MTM

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    April 29, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Mental note: Give you a wide berth when I see you in a shopping mall. That or wear platemail armor and a tower shield.

    As for publishing, I think there’s always that point where you have to dive in. Know a lot of writers who talk about the big leap and always find a reason not to take it. So it’s very commendable to be able to step into the fray.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Funny guy! LOLOL! It’s actually true though – I’ve innocently injured many an innocent bystander for no reason at all – I’m clumsy too – double delight. 😀 Now that you mention those guys who talk about it but never do it, it really is a thing I’ve also seen. It actually is really scary putting your first scribble out there though – waiting to be exposed as a fraud and a tool in general. It’s best to do it though, bumps and falls, and smacks and all, I totally agree. I’m sure glad I did. 🙂

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        April 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

        The end result is usually worth the pain at the beginning. Haven’t been called a fraud yet. Think I was called a hack once.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          April 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm

          Whoever called you a hack was clearly an illiterate tool! I wonder sometimes at the things some people say – makes you want to ask – Did you actually read the book dear? At least these meanos are lonely onions in petunia patches – some people just love hurting and being mean just because they think they can.

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            Charles Yallowitz said:
            April 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

            Personal taste I think. The downside to having an uncommon style is that people can really hate it.

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              jorobinson176 responded:
              April 29, 2014 at 3:45 pm

              I reckon that people who read a book in a genre/style that they know they aren’t going to like in the first place, and then weigh in and comment on it just end up making themselves look like idiots in the end. Irritating idiots – but still idiots. I know I go on a bit about Piers Anthony – but I totally adore his writing, and he has a really stunning amount of bad reviews about the silliest things. I’m beginning to think that a couple of really scathing hate things aren’t all that bad – just gets people like me who love the authors practicing my finger signage at the haters, and feeling sorry for much loved author guys.

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                Charles Yallowitz said:
                April 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

                I’ve noticed with my present tense style, people don’t typically realize it at first. It takes them a while if they figure it out at all. Quite a few have chalked it up to bad grammar or simply ‘off’. Then again, there are those who simply hate things.

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                  jorobinson176 responded:
                  April 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm

                  I’m probably going to get shot down and stomped on for saying this – definitely more than likely – but as a reader, I don’t follow the first paragraph/page/sentence hook thing. I’ll always read at least the first chapter before deciding to read on – that’s what pucker literature is all about – you have to get involved with the story, and sometimes that means getting used to tenses. Although – The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo – ummm – but at least I didn’t leave a mean review of the only couple of pages I managed. 🙂

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                    Charles Yallowitz said:
                    April 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm

                    Honestly, I think that’s more common than people realize. I’ve yet to make a decision on a first page. I try to get a chapter in before I make a final decision. I will admit there are a few books that I didn’t make it very far.

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    April 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    JO – HOW can I POSSIBLY resist re-blogging this article (ducks head and knuckles off rapidly before the contents of the teacup, handbag and anything else nearby that’s not screwed, nailed or glued down, comes flying at speed towards me – LOL 😀 😀 😀 )

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Lawdie – you’re going to make me crylaugh (new word) 😀 😀 😀 😀

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    April 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Meet New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    Words of Wisdom about Moderation, Keeping One’s Eyes fixed to the target (and everywhere else at the same time) and to Avoid doing harm to others 😀 😀 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks for sharing Chris! HAAA HAH! ….Avoid doing harm to others….. I try, I try…. 😀

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    Cynthia Reyes said:
    April 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Gee whiz, Jo. what an event!
    As for me, on my bad days, I simply walk into walls – then get mad at the walls.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Ha haaaa – looks like every scribbler walks into walls. 😀 Funny, funny! What an odd lot we are. I’ve told a lot of walls their fortunes too. 😀

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        Cynthia Reyes said:
        April 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

        OK, ya got me beat. I’ve said bad things to them, but never told them their fortunes. Unless it’s two words followed by a series of exclamation marks, which is a whole different matter…..

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    Carole Parkes said:
    April 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Ooh! You sound exactly like me. I’m the same when I’m in shopping mode, head facing everywhere except where I’m going. As for missing my mouth when drinking, I’ve done that many times, only since I’ve grown older though. My Indie Book was published before I’d fully investigated all the ‘do’s’ and ‘do nots’ as well. This Indie publishing is a learning curve alright. If I’d known all that it involved I probably would have thought twice, so it’s just as well I published first, even though it’s supposed to be the wrong way, ha ha.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      I love your style! If we all did everything right all the time, things would get pretty boring. You’re right also about thinking twice if we knew it all first – it’s not as easy as some people make it look. 🙂

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        Carole Parkes said:
        April 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        It certainly isn’t easy. I thought all the editing/re-editing was bad enough but every day sends something new to learn. Still, all this learning keeps the old brain oiled.

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    Carole Parkes said:
    April 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Oh by the way, I apologise to the walls I bump into. I can’t help it; I was brought up to be polite, he he.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      LOLOL! I tend to turn the air a bit blue when I walk in to walls 😀 Up in Zimbabwe the lights used to go off every day, but you never knew when it would happen – left lots of face imprints in the walls of that old house. 😀

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    KidLitReviews said:
    April 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I sure understand this phenomenon. I do love the title to your post. It would be a great book title.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      LOL – I thought it was just me. 😀 You’re right too – it would make a cool title! Just googled it and nothing popped up. 🙂

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    sknicholls said:
    April 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    I think we all learn better by doing. I know I made mistakes. If I had not made them though, I don’t know that I would be all that prepared to improve. I wish you the best with your publishing journey.

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    kharismaceyworksnovels said:
    April 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Jo, this sounds very familiar. My story in a nutshell. Helping everyone, paying service to all, meaning well, facing North but headed South. This gave me a laugh in knowing I am not the only “butter fingers,” in this world. Kharis Macey

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    freehugs3 said:
    April 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Reblogged this on a3maal اعمال.

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    rachelcarrera said:
    April 30, 2014 at 4:51 am

    LOL!!! This cracked me up! 😀 And it was so clever how you wound up your story with your writing experiences. Very creative indeed! Great post! 😀

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    Sherri said:
    April 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Well that would be me Jo…jumping in at the deep end, racing ahead and learning as I go (hopefully!). By the seat of my pants so to speak. Great post, loved it. Oh, and I’m always spilling tea down me, missing my mouth…you inspire me, so I know I’m on the right track my friend, thanks to you … much love & hugs… 🙂 xoxoxoxoxoxoxox 🙂

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    cicampbell2013 said:
    May 1, 2014 at 12:30 am

    I used to put it down to my general lack of coordination that I bump into walls, lamp-posts, people, doors, etc. Now I wonder if it’s a writer thing 🙂
    As for publishing, I found that a very bumpy ride. Got a good few bruises there.
    Enjoyable post, Jo. Thank you.

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    Seumas Gallacher said:
    May 7, 2014 at 4:37 am

    …great advice, unreality as well as metaphorically… getting your head up to have a look where you’re heeded ! 🙂

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    Opinionated Man said:
    May 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    This happens to me a lot when I am on my phone actually lol.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      LOL! I don’t even have an excuse – I’m just a danger to people, animals, and walls. 😀

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