I've written at least once how everything is everything. I was reminded of this again tonight as I finished out a productive day with a spider solitaire.
Four suits spider solitary is tough to beat, but the deck was in my favor. I turned over all the cards on the first deal and as the computer dealt each subsequent hand, the cards kept falling in my favor. And I thought to myself, be careful how you play your hand. Even when all the cards are in your favor, you can still lose. Then I thought about how things really are going good with with the writing.
Just last week I went to an in person critique group with a fresh off the press story, expecting... I don't know, but certainly not what I got. There were about ten writers at the meeting and the only element they critiqued was the title. It was a pinch-me-I-must-be-dreaming moment. Either that or it was one hell of a hallucination.
But everything is everything and so a before-bed game of solitaire reminded me of a thing an aspiring writer should never forgot: don't count the game one until your last cared is played. In other words, keep your triumphs in perspective and push yourself to always do better.
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018