Monday, May 26, 2014

The Hard Work -- Before and After

By Rich

Two magnificent events took place last week. First, my wife was hired at the elementary school she wanted to join since we arrived in our new town. Second, not long after graduating with her Associates degree, she was accepted as a student at Colorado State University, thus initiating that one giant step to achieving her teaching degree.

This didn't come to her through luck, or the stars aligning in the right way, or karma. Okay, probably a little karma. Her accomplishments came from sweaty, hard-knuckled work. She networked, took her original job seriously, fastidiously studied, and proved herself at both her job and school. All that while taking care of me and our five children. And you know how much maintenance I need on a regular basis!

The tasks don't become easier. She needs to establish herself in the new positing, even though most of the staff already knows her since half the school's population is comprised of our children. On the academic side, she needs to switch gears away from general studies and focus on her major and minor and what is needed to get a teaching certificate in the shortest period of time. She's up to the task, and I know she'll excel beyond my expectations.

Here's what this has to do with the art of writing ... many of us slave over the keyboard for months or years to produce the best tome we can and then work even harder to get it published. However, once it gets released through a traditional publisher or on their own, these authors tend to shut down and let momentum take its course, which is the reason many get frustrated when the book they think is the next big thing fizzles and dies.

Like I've said in a previous column, the hard work begins after the book is released. Not only does the writer have to promote their book, particularly if they're starting out, but they also need to start thinking about their next project. My guess is Stephen King or Woody Allen contemplate their next tasks as soon as their current projects wrap up.

I truly admire my wife for taking on the assignments at hand, and I try to emulate her when I can -- save for wearing skirts, that is. I mean, if she can get this far so can I.

Whose work ethic do you emulate?

Rich Keller is the assistant director of Northern Colorado Writers and founder of Wooden Pants Publishing. His short story anthology Coffee Cup Tales is available in print and Kindle on Amazon. His next book, the science fiction novel Paradise Not Quite Lost, is scheduled for release on June 17. 


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to your wife. I wish her the best of luck in her endeavors.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I admire what your wife is doing so much, Rich. I'm another one who went back to school later in life, jumping back in when my youngest started kindergarten. It was a lot of work, but I had a ball accomplishing another one of my dreams.

Sarah Sullivan said...

Huge Kudos to you Rich for praising your wife in writing!!!! You are the man! And good for you for working so diligently at your own efforts. Five kids?? Wow! You guys are amazing.

Shirley Drew said...

Great post, Rich! Congratulations to your wife and to you for being so supportive!

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