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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Silence is a tricky thing

Sometimes silence can be a good thing. And sometimes it can be a bad thing.

Good silence: your kids sleeps for 12 1/2 straight hours (go Toddler in Chief!).
Bad silence: that guy you like never calls.
Good silence: post coital snuggle-time.
Bad silence: you never hear back from that potential employer.
Good/bad silence: work prevents me from blogging.

It's true! I have real work brewing. And more than one project! Bay Area Parent Magazine contacted me to see if I was available to produce a story for them. Woo hoo. I had felt pretty defeated after they had changed their mind on a piece that I had pitched. That left me floundering on what to do next. My mind had gone totally blank about other story ideas (and I always have a million ideas!). And so the perfect thing happened. They contacted me with a story they wanted written.

Super easy!

Because coming up with the ideas and writing the proposals is difficult and time-consuming work, that can lead to nothing but a sore ass from sitting at the computer for so many hours. And that is potentially the case with my other side project.

There is no guarantee here, but I have a contact with a national magazine. And I finally got my proposal off to her after midnight last night. Writing proposals is like going through the thought process and doing the work without knowing whether or not it's going anywhere. I wanted my proposal to be fun and witty and emotional all in just a couple of paragraphs. Searching my brain for interesting and exciting prose can be like getting your kid into the car two minutes after getting to the park because you forgot they have a doctor appointment.

But it's off now and my fingers are crossed. And while I stress over whether I'm experiencing a good silence as they work my project into the schedule or bad silence as they decide I'm not right for them, I have this BAP article to occupy my thoughts. And if there's anytime left over, I can always write here too...which is my favorite, because after all, it's all about me.


  1. yay!!! congratulations!!! :-)

  2. Hurray! That's so wonderful! And how on earth do you do it, being able to switch gears between writing and parenting.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you too. Good luck with everything!