Did I get your attention with that title? You know I did.
Over the past few years we word wranglers have found different ways to wax on the analogies of the writing life. Whether it was gardening (me), horses (D’Ann), quilting (Liz), swimming (Kristi), and now I’m going to have to search to see if Shawn ever did one of these posts.Oh, heck, Shawn, just let us know in the comments if I missed your analogy.
This past month I’ve been taking part in Cupid’s Blind Speed Dating
I got into the first bouncer round (#6) and got some good feedback, but didn’t get a call back for the agent round. Now, I’m doing Cupid’s blog hop with a kissing scene that can also earn me an entry into the agent round. Check out my kissing scene at www.rgsenechal.com and feel free to leave me a note. And in a couple of weeks, I’ll be up again for a final shot in round 6.
Oh right, you’re still wanting to know about the drug addict analogy, aren’t you? A bit impatient this morning, aren’t we?
Okay. So, whenever I have something “new” posted online, whether it’s my Thursday blog here, a contest entry there, a kissing scene over there—I become a compulsive computer addict. I need a hit.
Has anyone commented? What did they say? Did they like what I wrote? Did they get the joke?
And when someone does comment—especially when they seem to “get” what I wrote, a feeling of quiet euphoria falls over my soul. It’s just the best feeling and makes going back onto the floor to deal with the public--the day job--so much easier –at least for a while, until I have time to sneak away and check my phone yet again. Seriously, when I’m in one of these contests, my phone gets quite the workout. Sometimes I even have to recharge it at work so I don’t miss a chance to refresh my page.
Am I sick? I am addicted to validation via the written word. I love that I can go back at any time and reread those words of encouragement and cheer. Is that narcissistic or just a normal writerly thing? Please tell me it’s a normal and that I don’t have to seek out an intervention somewhere. Because between work, family, writing, and checking for comments, I don’t have the time to be analyzed.
SO, you’d better leave me a comment, because I need a “hit” to complete my day.