Hi, folks, I'm in College Station, Texas. Whew, that was some trip. We drove from Woodinville, Washington to here. 2500 miles -- that's a looooonnnng way.
1. Pace yourself. Don't try an be a successful published author in one day. Work a little each day and you will find yourself at your destination, eventually.
2. Pick yourself up when you make mistakes and get back on the road. You're never going to get there if you are not trying.
3. Don't eat fast food every day. Yes, there are quick ways (low paying and offer little respect to your work) into publishing and this is OK for every once in a while, but dedicate yourself to the ages.
4. Enjoy the scenery on the journey. Enjoy the creating of your works. Enjoy the friends you make on the way. Enjoy all that you do.
5. Don't be afraid to ask for help. You will run into road blocks on this writing journey. Have friends to phone. Get writer GPS (I call it the KidLitosphere). AAA is wonderful, I spell that SCBWI.
I hope you reach your destination. See ya next week. Keep seizing the day!
No doodle, here is a photograph: "The Open Road". Yeah, my window is really cracked.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. Mark Twain