What it was was…not baseball..but a dream

English: Barry Bonds (Batter) and Dan Haren (P...

English: Barry Bonds (Batter) and Dan Haren (Pitcher) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yeah, I recently discovered that following your dream  is a lot like baseball. And for me, my dream was getting published as a writer.

You see I’m a ‘righty’ or that is I work out of my right brain…the creative side. Painters, poets, writers, artists of all kinds usually are righties. We own the right field. And sometimes we work deep in right field. The closer we come to the diamond, we would function more to the tune of a shortstop. Catching the short hits and grounders as opposed to the fielders who really go deep to catch that star.

Catcher position on a baseball diamond

Catcher position on a baseball diamond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now  my hubby is a ‘lefty.’ That is, he works out of his left brain…the practical, logical side. Accountants, organizers, editors, and the like. Yeah, they own the left field. The farther out in their left field they become more ATD or ‘attention to detail’. The closer to the diamond, they become more understanding. But, way out in deep field, they will drive you nuts with fixing this, noting that. For the writer, this is the marketing side of the writing world. Righties don’t enjoy this field very much.
Then there is the centerfield that is owned by those players who are, well…balanced? They can do both and enjoy it very much. This is where both sides meet and function.  And some days, I can play centerfield, usually not for long or very well.

Anticipation: A baseball player making a pitch...

Anticipation: A baseball player making a pitch prepares for the action by moving his arm back. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But, as with all baseball, the pitcher is the key player. In the world of writing the pitcher is the writer trying to bring the dream a reality. They bring on the game.

A backstop made of chain-link fencing is visib...

They send the story to the reader who happens to be the catcher.

And that’s where things get tough. You see there is the batter standing between all the lefties, righties, base players and the pitcher and ultimately the catcher. Now, most of you are now thinking that the batter is the publisher of the books. Right?

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big papi 1dmk2n, 300mm f/4L, w/2.0x TC white sox vs. red sox 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nope. He’s not. This smug, arrogant player is Insecurity.

So, our team could be called the Dreamers while the batter’s team is called Insecurities because he wants to knock our dreams out of the ball park so they can never be seen again.

How many out there have dreams? Lose weight? Quit smoking? Write a book? Paint a cool picture? Enter that awesome photo in a contest? Submit an article for a magazine about a concern you have about….whatever? What stands in your way? Isn’t it the batter daring you to try to get that ball past him? Makes you mad, doesn’t it? Does me. But then, it’s also a challenge to wipe that smug look off his face. Ha!

Deutsch: Boars Field, Spielfeld des Baseball C...

Deutsch: Boars Field, Spielfeld des Baseball Club Baldham Boars e.V. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And the Insecurities have a whole bunch of fans who cheer for them. You know that bunch. You hear them all the time. “What do you think you are doing?” “You can’t do that?” “Are you nuts or something?” “The world is gonna laugh at you…at that…at whatever.” Sometimes it’s family, friends or most often, that little voice in our heads saying all that.
The Dreamers also have their own cheering crowd. “Yes, you can.” “Go for it” “That’s great. Keep it up.” These are friends, family and other dreamers. Usually not the little voices in our heads unfortunately. However, we choose who we listen to…can’t we?

There is  also the umpire who calls the shots. He’s the publisher with the rules. Now he can favor either team. Therefore, even if you get a ball past the batter, he can rule your dream a strike. And three strikes means you’re out. Fortunately, there are publishers like Amazon who are more on the Dreamer’s side.

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There is also the umpire who calls the shots. He’s the publisher with the rules. Now he can favor either team. Therefore, even if you get a ball past the batter, he can rule your dream a strike. And three strikes means you’re out. Fortunately, there are publishers like Amazon who are more on the Dreamer’s side.

Pitcher-Batter analysis mode, in which the pla...

Pitcher-Batter analysis mode, in which the player is able to access information in game about the current hitter and pitcher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thing is, except for the catcher and the umpire, we are both teams. 

Dreamers vs Insecurities

We either listen to our insecurities and give up or we follow our dreams and keep pitching others who may like our dream. And we pitch and pitch and pitch. Our fielders keep trying to keep it in the park and the basemen keep watch on those Insecurities on base if they get there. We just have to keep trying. Sometimes we even make it to the major league and win…get ‘it’ published. Sometimes we keep working in the minor leagues,huffing and puffing to get better. Some games we win. Some games we lose. But the fact remains….are we enjoying the game? I hope you are and I hope you strike your Insecurities out every time.

The War of Art

War of Art by Steven Pressfield

If you agree that winning the game of our dreams, be sure to read Steven Pressfield’s book on The War of Art. Fantastic and motivational. His book helped me win my game with Vows of Revenge. “Vows” started with a dream. With the help of many dreamers on my team, I huffed and puffed and pitched my story. Amazon helped me bring it to you…the catcher. Yep, I heard a lot of gearing from the Insecurities side but I won. Yeahhhhhh I think it was a home run.

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www.jfridgley.com

Keep warm and writing, ya ‘ll

J

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