The Marathon

By P.C. Zick@PCZick

Disappointed? Yes.

Discouraged? Absolutely.

Ready to quit? Without a doubt.

Is it time to throw in the towel? Not on my life.

The launch of Live from the Road was less than stellar. I have not been “launched” into the stratosphere of phenomenal overnight success. Not even close.

But when I think it’s time to quit, to find a day job that pays, to quit fooling myself about my storytelling ability, I always come back to one thing.

The writing.

So I’ve taken the weekend off, and Tuesday I’ll get back on the old bicycle, train or horse – choose your metaphor – and get busy with my next novel in draft form. Two readers have made their comments, and I will work on it after this holiday weekend. It’s time to write and let the road take Live where it will.  I miss the characters and the storyline of a family attempting to heal the past as oil gushes into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As Caroline, Simon and Jodi find common ground to define their new family, sea turtles are headed for danger in the oil-entrenched waters off Florida’s Panhandle.

Is it time to start refining and fine-tuning this story? Most assuredly.

Because writers must do what writers do best: Tell the story the best story they know how to tell. I can do this!

2 responses to “The Marathon”

  1. I think it’s hard to keep feeling alright as a writer if what you do isn’t a success – however, the main thing is that you write, perhaps, not that others read. Plus, there’ll always be a Kafka in the mix, someone whose contemporaries didn’t appreciate him. If you knew all your works would fall flat, would you still write? I would.


    • I would, too. Writing is my lifeblood. When we put something out there it’s as if we’re giving away a little bit of ourselves. And that’s the same whether the rest of the world defines us as successful or not. At this juncture in my life, I’m not working at a job outside of the home and earning a traditional paycheck so I guess I’ve put a new yardstick on being successful with my writing. It’s now time to redefine that. I’m the only one putting the heat on myself. Thanks for the comment!


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