Something about persistence…

busy business woman

Friday 29 November

Moon in Libra

So anyways, I haven’t been around here much lately.

It’s the last week of November, which means the last week of NaNoWriMo– my annual writing marathon. Naturally, in between the 50,000 words that get pushed out, there’s normal daily life to be going on with.

But I’m finished.

Am I happy with this years efforts? Not really. I’m not sure there’s a story here, but hey, it’s better to write 50,000 words of a story I’m not sure of in one month than 50,000 words of a story I’m not sure of in six months.

Besides, it’s a persistence thing.

Just lately I’ve been having serious doubts about ever getting my fiction published. It’s tempting to give up. Yet, all the rejection stories I’ve heard and devoured by (now) published authors tell me that persistence is the thing- that every word and every rejection brings you closer to your target.

And my target is to be a published author.

It’s also a self-discipline thing.

Today, as the Moon squares first Jupiter and then Venus, self-discipline will come under threat as temptation flicks her golden hair about a bit..

As far as squares go, the key to managing them is saying no. I have a bit of a theory on this that I’ll share over the next few days. Squares have the feel of Saturn about them.

In this case, Venus is in a Saturn ruled sign, Capricorn, and the Moon is in a Saturn exalted sign, Libra. This all means that the temptation to indulge today mightn’t be as hard to overcome as it is when both Venus and the Moon are in signs where they want to say ‘yes, please.’

Having said all that, Jupiter in Cancer, is very definitely in one of those moods where he’d prefer to stay at home with a block of chocolate watching Colin Firth or Richard Armitage in a period drama, than head outside to socialise.

My message today? Take what you want to do and do the opposite.

If your inclination is to stay at home, don’t. Get dressed, pop a face on, and talk to someone. If your inclination is to overindulge, don’t. Think moderation instead.

It might be an effort, but when was the last time you regretted making an effort?