Loki frequently hunts if we are not pulling a sled or running. He bounds through the tall grass, pouncing and sniffing yet he rarely catches anything. He hunts for the joy of it.
Today though, the winds were in his favor. I stood beside him, the cold creeping into my fingers and toes, when I heard a squeak. I bent over for a closer look and nearly collided with Loki’s head as he pounced again. A brown fur ball wove in and out through the grass with Loki close behind.
As I stood with my back to the wind, it hit me. My writing journey is a lot like Loki’s hunting. He loves it and will practice hunting any chance he can get even though he hardly ever wins because he knows if he keeps trying, he eventually will.
I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to give up. Revising, making lists of agents, crafting a query letter. All of it takes time and energy I don’t have. But I can’t seem to give it up. And I don’t think I can. After all, if I don’t keep trying I will never know if I can succeed.
This is a common mantra, but true and worth repeating. The difference between a writer and a published author is that the published author never gave up.
And for those of you who are curious, yes. Loki caught his shrew. With two swift chomps the fur ball was dead. Unlike the last time he actually caught one, my sister thought his bouncing was so cute until she realized what he held in his mouth. She began shrieking and startled Loki so bad he dropped his hard won prize, which then scurried away.
Loki lesson number one: keep at it and eventually you will get to keep your trophy.