Talking about Gerbils

I can’t believe I put on my blog that I would be talking about gerbils here today. Frankly, it was off the top of my head, and I had every intention of changing it, but it took me too long getting around to it, so here we are. Gerbils.

We are fresh out of gerbils in the Audrey household at the moment. At one point, counting all the babies, we had fourteen of the rodents running around. Then we figured out which were the boys and which were the girls, found homes for some, and then for some more. We were down to the original two and a couple of their kids. Gerbils don’t have terribly long lifespans, and time passed. Eventually, so did they.

So there is really no reason to be discussing them today, except for one thing. I said I would.

Did you ever commit yourself to something ridiculous, and still follow through? I’ve done it tons of times, fifteen of which resulted in completed manuscripts. I’ve also failed a number of times – like my self challenge to send off 104 query letters in one year. I only made it to 57.

I”ve got all kinds of ridiculous goals right now. Stuff like eating as much of the food in the freezer as I can before leaving town for a couple of weeks so it won’t matter so much if the strange noises it’s been making turn out to be a breakdown, and blogging every day from the road. This means writing fourteen extra posts in the next two days, including a couple of long ones.

I’ll admit, in some cases, like the quilt I’m making for a giveaway on my blog, it’s as much the challenge to see if I’m capable of it as the actual results that interest me.

It’s hard, and I can’t help but wonder why I’m doing it. After all, no one’s going to cry if I’m out of touch for a few days. But without a few ridiculous goals, I’ll only sit around and read Romance novels all day. So where do I draw the lines?

What would a gerbil do? With a maximum of five years to live, each moment had better count. Having spent hours watching them, I’d guess it would involve chewing, or verifying the gender of any other handy gerbils. So I won’t ask any gerbils where they draw the line.

How about you? What kind of commitments have you made? Are you likely to follow through?

5 Comment(s)

  1. I’m very careful with the commitments I make because I can’t easily back out of them. Even the crazy ones I’ve made from time to time I’ve found I’ve had to follow through. The reason is GUILT. I feel guilty if I break a committment even if it’s only with myself. Pathetic, I know. :)

    Brynna | Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. Great blog Alice. Actually, I started crochetting a scarf a few weeks ago. I put a regular strand of yarn with the fuzzy stuff. I am a neophite when it comes to crocheting. I ended up using the wrong size hook. The stitches were too tight and the scarf ended up bunched up. I still continued to work on it because I thought it would make something interesting. Well I am still trying to find a use for it. It may make a cute poodle skirt for a small cat or dog. LMAO

    Sidney/Arianna | Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’m one of those people that over commits and then tries to find a way to meet them all. The thing that tends to get dropped is almost always me. I’m determined to see that change.

    Great blog, Alice!

    Renee | Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. Great question, Alice. My commitments to others seem to come before those to myself. I do my best to keep my word because in the end our word is all we have left.

    terri | Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

  5. I think one of the reasons I assumed things would be better when I got published is that I’d be committing my writing to someone else, instead of just myself. If certain demanding people tried to interfere, I could always point to my contract and say “see. I have to do this.” So far it hasn’t worked out that way, but I’m still hopeful.

    Alice | Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

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