One day very soon I'm going to get to write a post about Maggie which I'll be very proud to do as she's kind enough to regard me as one of the people who kicks her butt from time to time.......
Maggie's life is changing at the moment as the balancing scales of her working life load up with commitments on the author side and the balance switches from being a professional artist and painting to being a professional author and writing. However, even that is a gross simplification. For example I know that her high level summary of her life - below - leaves out some major activities of late.........
So here it goes. You all know what I do -- I have two toddlers, three editors working with me on four novels, a part-time art career, musical instruments I practice, meals to cook (I'm allergic to preservatives so everything has to be from scratch), blogs to write, etc. etc. I think I have a full, life, but I don't feel like I have an impossible life. It's a happy life doing what I love.Six secrets of success
Last week Maggie shared her secrets of success in Virtual Sketching and Butt Kicking on her blog Greywaren Art (which is the one she writes when she's not writing Words on Words - her blog on writing, folklore and her first - soon to be published - novel.)
And here are the secrets to my success in this month's butt-kicking. Remember, butt-kickings are like hydrogen pyroxide -- if it stings it means it's working.I'm just going to give you the headings - you need to go to her blog to read the rest.
1. Know What You Want
2. When You Say You Want it You Better Mean It
3. When You Really Want Something, You'll Get It
4. Know the Difference Between Can't and Won't
5. You are Your Own Best Friend
6. Who Are You?
It's a question of wanting it, people. It's why I like writing for teens. Do you remember being a teen? When you had dreams so big they actually hurt to think you wouldn't get them? You need to sweep away the years of cynicism and putting your dreams aside and really harness that wanting again. In the end, watching So You Think You Can Dance won't change your life. But finishing that drawing, writing that paragraph, planting that garden -- whatever your dream is -- that will.Maggie has got it. She knows who she is, what she wants and how to get it - and she's knuckled down and put in the work....and Maggie has got it. Soon I'll be able to tell you what she got!
And if that's not enough, you can always read my previous posts about Maggie - see the links below. They contain lots of good advice and practical tips for all those people who really want to make their mark and live the life they dream of living.
Links to posts about Maggie Stiefvater on Making A Mark:
- Making A Mark - From ACEOs to powerseller (September 2006) - highlight's Maggie's stickability quality.
- Making A Mark - Maggie Stiefvater makes her mark (December 2006) - about Maggie's success in the very competitive world of equestrian art
- Making A Mark - Blogging Art in 2006 - The Making A Mark Awards (Part 2) - in which I award Maggie "The Amusing Musings Trophy" for her writing!
- Making A Mark - Maggie Stiefvater: how does she do it? (March 2007) which references one of Maggie's first efforts to document her guidelines for success.
- Making A Mark - 10 Free Life Lessons on being a Professional Artist (April 2007) - yet more butt-kicking advice from Maggie
- Making A Mark - The Art of the Art Fair...and the practicalities (June 2007) provides a link to some very practical advice from Maggie
- as well as numerous mentions during the last year in my 'who's made a mark this week' posts each Sunday