Wednesday, June 5, 2013

IWSG: Bull vs Matador

Maybe it's just me, 
but sometimes the publishing biz reminds me of a bull,
and I'm a matador on a bad day.




I may climb to my feet slowly while rubbing parts of my anatomy, 
but I eventually get back up and do it all again.



  Determination
or
Just plum crazy?!




(This is not an endorsement of bull-fighting.)

This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It exists so the community of blogging writers can share and support each other, blog-hopping to cheerlead and commiserate. To find out more, visit: Insecure Writer's Support Group.



57 comments:

Suzanne Furness said...

Determination, Lexa, definitely! We get knocked down but we somehow find the strength to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and continue on our journey.

Suzanne
IWSG co-host

Heather Musk said...

Determination I think, with just a little perseverance thrown in for good measure. I love the analogy.

Mama J said...

I'd like to think it's determination - although some days it does feel like pure craziness.

Heather Holden said...

There's probably a little craziness mixed in there--creative types can never be fully sane, after all!--but I think it's safe to say that it's mostly determination. ;)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

We writers are a crazy bunch. But we know the rewards of never giving up.

June 2013 IWSG Co-host

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The writing part is determination.
The bull fighting is crazy. (And I'm always pulling for the bull.)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Huh. I think in my experience, it's been like RIDING a bull -- or a bucking bronco that keeps throwing me off. But yes, I keep getting up, rubbing my injured parts, and getting back on.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great analogy. And I know what you mean.

Lan said...

Hahaha I love the disclaimer about bull fighting at the end. Perfect analogy.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Definitely determination. Think of how many novels wouldn't have got published if their writers hadn't got back up and brushed themselves off.

E. Arroyo said...

Ouch. He's nuts. Totally. But that probably makes me nuts too. =)

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Love your analogy! I think it's a bit of both. Determined to win, at writing, crazy because we think we can.

Julie Flanders said...

Great analogy, unfortunately LOL. I'm glad you keep getting back up, I hope we can all do that. :)

L.G. Smith said...

Lol. Keep fighting the good fight, girl.

Leandra Wallace said...

Yikes, that had to hurt! But he's back at it- I hope to always keep that attitude, too.

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Wonderful analogy! Never quite thought of it this way but makes sense. I know sometimes a rejection totally knocks me off my feet. I get blocked or depressed which means... (after reading your post) that I'm letting it trample me over and over again until I stand up and fight/write. :) Thanks, Lexa!

J.L. Campbell said...

I'd put it down as a crazy level of determination and that's exactly what it takes to keep going.

Annie said...

I think we all feel this way sometimes. And as to determination or craziness... I'd say a healthy dose of both goes a long way! ;)

Laura Marcella said...

I think we writers are determined AND plumb crazy!! ;)

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Rachna Chhabria said...

We writers are both determined as well as crazy.

Mark Means said...

Determination, of course!

Though a little crazy doesn't hurt, either :D

Lara Lacombe said...

Maybe a bit of both, but that's okay! :)

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I've often compared what we do to coal mining, with coal mining being easier. However, I think you might have a better comparison. :-)

mooderino said...

An apt analogy. Sometimes I feel more like the rodeo clown.

mood
Moody Writing

michelle said...

Mmm... a combination! For sure.
Writer In Transit

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Great pictures. We went to a bull fight once. I felt sorry for the bulls.

I think it takes determination with a touch of craziness to succeed in most everything.

Laura Eno said...

Crazy determination. We writers haz it! ;)

Kate Larkindale said...

Yup. We're all crazy matadors, just waiting to be gored one more time.

M. J. Joachim said...

I almost think it helps to be a little crazy in this field sometime.

DMS said...

Great analogy! I can definitely see the connection. :)
~Jess

klahanie said...

Good grief, Lexa! What a load of bull! :) And speaking of bull, "IWSG", apparently doesn't mean, "I Was Seeking Gary". I'm going for a cry now.....

Gary :)

Empty Nest Insider said...

I agree with M.J.! You've eloquently expressed how so many of us feel! Great photos too!

Julie

Cathy Keaton said...

Same here. But, I'm getting tired of getting beat up.

Suze said...

:) A little of both?

Donna Hole said...

Its a fine line we walk between brevity and stupidity, lol. Hind-sight is the only way to determine which was which.

.......dhole

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I agree with Suze. I think it's a little (or a lot) of both.

Keep fighting, Lexa.
xoRobyn

tfwalsh said...

Determination will make us do the craziest things sometimes...hehe. Awesome post and analogy.

Pk Hrezo said...

LOL... no kidding! We're all ballsy gluttons for punishment. lol

Candilynn Fite said...

Pig-headed, determined, plum crazy, loco, stubborn, and tenacious. It's all the same when I look in the mirror. :D

Kim Lajevardi said...

Me crazy? Oh, you betcha! :) Great analogy, Lex.

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

My father watched a bullfight once. He said it was pathetic. Poor animal was half dead already and the matador just butchered it in front of him.

Medeia Sharif said...

That looks painful for both parties, but I understand the analogy.

Romance Reader said...

Yes! True. We have to have bull hides to survive too.

Nas

Lynda R Young said...

Yup, we're all crazy.

Elise Fallson said...

Well, I don't know anything about the publishing biz, but the writing part is down right crazy.

mshatch said...

It is a crazy business, that's for sure, but I can't imagine doing anything else :)

Beverly Fox said...

Here to not getting gored!

S.K. Anthony said...

lol I think its a little bit of both for sure!

Kelly Hashway said...

I'm going with it's determination.

Carol Kilgore said...

Great analogy! Today's been one of those days for me. Sigh.

Happy Weekend :)

krweinert.com said...

Determination with a dash of crazy :)

DEZMOND said...

I always cheer for the bull!

Maynard Morrissey said...

I have no idea but it doesn't sound very pleasant to me :)

Cecilia Robert said...

Both I guess. As a writer you need determination, and a bit of craziness to follow your dream, dream up of impossible worlds, and see your dreams through. Might be tossed around a bit but at the end of the day, it makes us happy. Yeah publishing biz isn't easy, determination is the key! :)
Happy Sunday!

Mina Lobo said...

I dig your little disclaimer at the end, LOL. :-)

Yeah, it's a rough business, this putting out love-babies out there into the world and hoping they'll be adored as much as we adore them. And no, I don't think you have to be crazy to do it...but it probably helps. ;-)
Some Dark Romantic

LD Masterson said...

Some days it's even worse and I can't find my red cape.

Catherine Stine said...

Yes, sometimes I feel like the matador and other times, the gored bull.

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