May You Always Never

It’s May Day, and of course Miss CP has her knickers in a wad. The beautiful spring day we had on Sunday has been replaced by typical Oregon liquid sunshine. Summer might be cancelled altogether. So what a writer who’s as grouchy as Miss Crankypants really needs on a gray cloudy overcast yuck-o day, are some reminders about the silver lining Mom used to talk about, in the tradition of the Irish:

  • MAY you always find yourself with deadlines, for this means someone is paying you to write.
  • MAY you never be without M and Ms as you write, for if you’re lucky they’ll melt in your mouth, not on your keyboard.
  • MAY you always find ways to mention your book in public, even if the conversation is about colonoscopies.
  • MAY you always have the wind at your back, unless it means you get whipped across the face by your hair.
  • MAY you never be without hair to whip, teeth to chew and spectacles to see. Especially spectacles like cats who fry mother boards or think your laptop is a heating pad.
  • MAY you always know at least one writer whose work, in your opinion, is worse than your own.


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About Linda S. Clare

I'm an author, speaker, writing coach and mentor. I teach both fiction and nonfiction writing at Lane Community College and in the doctoral program as expert writing advisor for George Fox University. I love helping writers improve their craft and I'm both an avid reader and writer of stories about those with wounded hearts.

3 comments on “May You Always Never

  1. This wouldn’t be so funny if it weren’t so true! I live in daily fear that summer will indeed be cancelled, as it has been the last 2 years.
    I do like your first blessing: May you always have deadlines because it means you have writing work – oh, happy day!! and yes, I would much rather have the wind at my back that blowing the rain in my face as I walk, which is what happened last night.

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