Creative Life: Say Yes

Sometimes I feel as if writing is about a whole lot of little steps – like swinging from one monkey bar to the next on a kindergarten playground. You concentrate on one rung and then use the momentum to propel you to the next one. Except in the case of writing, something you did months or years ago pays off and you never know if something you do today will pay off or how.

It’s frustrating.

So many opportunities came from the simple act of submitting a story to the Baltimore Science Fiction Society– speaking at a Washington Science Fiction Society meeting, serving on panels at Balticon and Capclave and meeting up with some really cool people in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia).

I didn’t think about everything that would come out it when I hit the “submit” button. I was eligible and so I applied.

All of that is just to say – say yes to what you can. You never know where it could lead.

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About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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