Who would have thought that I would have managed a post roughly every 24 hours for 83 days. And who would have believed that Day 83 would seem so much worse than 24th March? It does though, doesn’t it?
We put an engraved American coin up for auction last week and someone wrote to ask if we would accept £40. It was tempting, but would have been unfair on people who had viewed it and were wanting to bid. It made £9.99 so we lost £30. However, we retained our integrity, and I feel better about that than I would about taking £40.
Blossom is out and I am still having trouble sleeping properly.
Looks like this is just becoming a random load of thoughts. I admit that my posts are seldom well-crafted pieces of tight writing with a unifying thread and a satisfactory conclusion (apart from it being satisfactory that it has ended), but this is disjointed even by my standards.
I just had a letter from an editor. I submitted seven pieces. Three were accepted. Neither of the two I thought were my “best” work made the grade.
Last night I read a haiku magazine and I reckon that fully 50% of them fail to be good haiku according to generally accepted guidelines. This shows the flexibility of guidelines, the capriciousness of editorial opinion, and how bad mine must be if I can’t even get one in to a magazine where half of them are flawed.
When I get cremated I want them to stencil “Could do better” on my coffin. Those words accompanied each school report I ever had, and continue to follow me to this day.
The pictures of blossom are from a few years ago, and probably in April, not March.
I just found that you can search your photos by subject, if you’ve titled the pictures – an area in which I am deficient. It’s taken me over 2,600 posts to find that out.
The blossom photos are beautiful, especially the close up shot.
Everyone can always do better, even the editors. Be gentle on yourself, and strive to do the best you can for that day, each day. The daily outcomes will vary, as they do for all of us. That is normal. That is life.
I will remember. And relax a bit. 🙂
Excellent advice, Lavinia. <3
🙂 It always is . . .
Thank you, Quercus. 🙂
‘Could do better’ is invaluable for the idle teacher. It is invariably true even if it is not helpful.
An idle teacher? Surely not.
Perish the thought. 🙂
I suspect most of us do not title our pictures. 😉 The second untitled picture is so striking, no matter when it was taken.
Thank you. I suspect both Derrick and Tootlepedal treat their pictures more efficiently than I do. 🙂
No doubt! But I do not title my pictures. I’m lucky to have time enough to title my pieces. 😉
Well, you know how I got round the title situation . . . 🙂
Titling is of course extra work. And is it really necessary?
It probably helps certain things, but I’m generally lazy and take the easy way out. 🙂
Re titling your pictures – what are we to do with you?
🙂 Too late to do anything – I’m an lost cause.