Post robbery, (19th February) the replacement car has still not arrived. It was promised on the 30th March. This week it was going to be on Monday or Tuesday. The recent update is for today. I wait with baited breath and fingers crossed that it actually arrives.
However, the lessons I’ve learnt through writing are standing me in good stead. When you are a writer you learn all about perseverance, how to remain positive, to practice your craft of writing and to be patient. I remember the positivity of my novel being short listed for the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. The perseverance needed to withstand seventeen rejection letters from publishers before it won the Ilura Press International Fiction Quest. The practice of the writing craft and patience needed to revise the manuscript before the delirious joy of publication.
I am so grateful for these skills when they spill out into everyday life and become part of my nature, part of me.
I have been fortunate. Paul has lent us his car so we can at least continue with our day to day existence. With Paul and Marian’s generosity we are still able to go shopping, visit friends and are not isolated in any way. But we have had it for over a month and it’s time for it to go back.
In the meantime, I’ll call on my writing training and will persevere, be positive and practice patience.