Good Reminders.

Natalie Whipple wrote an excellent, brutally honest post Monday about dealing with jealousy. It crops up. We're all human. Except for the robots. You know who you are.

It made me think of this post by my rather awesome older sister Ellen (who should update her blog more regularly). You know you've written a good blog post when it still has your little sister thinking about it over a year later.

What it all boils down to is something that I say to the Pea far more often than he'd like: "You get what you get, and you don't pitch a fit." 

And then, you keep writing.

If you haven't already, go enter my I'm Still a Cheapskate Giveaway!

Also, Nicole McLaughlin's hosting a fun giveaway over on her blog, and you could win a copy of Anna & The French Kiss. (I'm sincerely debating whether I should send you all over there because I describe my first kiss, in all its awkward glory, in 99 words for my *hopefully winning* entry.)


  1. Great advice.

    I tend not to get jealous of other writers. They've worked hard to get where they are. They worked hard to polish their ms and make it shine. They worked hard to get the agent's attention (Hey, writing an awesome query isn't easy). Okay, maybe they got lucky finding a killer concept, but they still took it up two or more levels to land their agent then the publisher's attention. All. Hard. Work. That's not something to get jealous over. That's just something we need to do ourselves. ;)

  2. Thanks for the Good Reminders, Karen! In my experience, most authors who write for children are very supportive of each other and manage to slay the green-eyed dragon (most of the time). And then, you keep writing, just like you said! Hugs for the humans!

  3. You know, I don't deal with this so much in writing but in my job as a photographer. Sometimes I have to STOP following other photographers for a while. It's not that I don't feel good for them, it just makes me think "Why can't I do things that way, Why aren't I getting blah, blah, and blah, Why can't I afford the new this or that!" Jealousy is an ugly thing, but you're right it's so human. I do think the internet has increased this idea that everyone has what we don't. People can put anything they want out into the internet and we see their lives and careers as perfect. They aren't I'm sure. It's misleading. It's easy to forget that though. I think there is something to be said for taking a break from "watching" what everyone else is doing and focusing on yourself sometimes!

    Oh, and thanks for the linky!!

    Must now go read your sisters blog!! :)

  4. The post by your sister was awesome, and not just because I'm a photography fiend, but because I get sucked into those lies too... and somehow, people have had some idea that my life was all put together as well.

    Just because I don't complain doesn't mean I'm conquering life. :)

    Of course, I guess I set that record straight on the blog today anyway. It's like our two blogs were meant to coincide. :)