Thursday, July 19, 2012
Resting on My Laurels
My mother used to say that to me anytime I did well or accomplished anything. I’ve been waiting for years to rest on my laurels and I thought for sure that after my book was actually in print I finally could. Alas and alack, not so now either. There are many other phrases and statements that mean the same thing, that is just the one I heard a lot.
So, what’s wrong with “resting on my laurels”? Probably nothing for a day or two, then it becomes a way of hiding out again. Meaning what? Well the writing took about eighteen months and the publishing process another six that is two years that I felt very safe and protected. No one bothered me or said much because I was busy writing. While the writing was hard, it was always under my control and no one could really check up on me. That kept me insulated and safe.
Here I am again having to deal with major change and loss, what a drag. Now I have to get involved with marketing and distribution. I have to face whatever people have to say about my book and I am no longer safe.
The form it takes, if I don’t own up to the change, is procrastination and implosion (I’m very good at that). This is one of those times when the feelings get disconnected from the cause. I have dealt with many sales people and others that struggle with this after a huge sale. It is always a surprise and a relief to know why.