What are some of the hard facts about life?
Shit happens. It just does. Plans don’t always work out. The only thing you have control over is your own reaction to these things when they go south.
For myself, a very poignant case tonight. I had been toying with a couple story ideas, scenes with different characters who would suit this prompt. I had thought to write a confrontation between Lara and Shane towards the final act of their story (or perhaps Lara and Ark) about the futility of her struggle. Or an argument between Leo and Kita where he calls her down for being too happy-go-lucky all the time. I had a scene for Mika and her foil as well.
In the end, I had no time to work out any of these tonight. After dinner, I decided to do my writing in the living room on my laptop so I could avoid sitting in another computer chair for the rest of the night. My husband had also wanted to upgrade my desktop for me so this was a win-win situation where it would be free for him to play with while I worked in another room. Alas, I had not been on my laptop in a few weeks and it had updates to install.
I figured it would be fine and download in the background while I worked, but none of my files were loading or visible. Then I figured I would leave it alone for a bit while I called my grandma to wish her a happy birthday. I thought for sure it would be done by then, or at the very least I would be able to access my Dropbox, but again I had no such luck.
Mostly I spent the night poutily reading manga while waiting for the updates to finish. In retrospect, I could have gone old school and worked through sketching out one of the above for a blog post in my notebook with pen or pencil, but I was too busy sulking. I’ve been sulking a lot the last week or so. Not really sure what’s up with that. I think I’m ready for winter to be over.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve been sulky ever since I was put on a new team at work. It has bled into my creative energies and I do not like it one iota. I keep trying to convince myself that it’s for the best and that I’ll make a difference and make a great impression and make myself invaluable, but that’s how I got into this mess in the first place. Who knew being minimally competent with Excel was such a rare trait?
I know I shouldn’t be ungrateful. I could just as easily have been laid off when the project was pulled. I’m still employed, and I’m still making decent money to pay my bills so I can continue to write in whatever spare time I find myself with. But that’s really what I mean when I say “shit happens.” Gotta grin and bear it. Find the silver linings where you can. So even though I didn’t get to write the story I wanted to tonight, I did get to relax and unwind after a stressful day at work. And that’s important too.
Have a great night! I’ll see you back here again tomorrow!
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