One of my goals this year (first mentioned here) is to keep my eyes open for what’s going right in my writing life. It can be so easy to focus on everything else, don’t you think? On rejections, failed queries, long hours, or negative feedback…and yet, when we start looking for it, there are so many things to celebrate in the writing world as well.
I have an ulterior motive in all this: to increase my “positivity,” as defined by Barbara Fredrickson in her book of the same name. (Take the positivity quiz here.) Positivity is like a many-fingered vine, its tendrils twisting through our mood, productivity, family harmony, stress responses, creativity, and more.
So…what right in my writing world this week? I’m still glowing from that Florida trip—two weeks ago now!—and the research I was able to do there. In addition to crab observation, I also spent a day in Crystal River, Florida, where I helped with USGS’s Manatee Health Assessment—capturing, weighing, measuring the manatees that frequent the warm waters of Crystal River every winter. I got to help haul a 1946 pound female, help spot animals from a bridge, add my weight to help subdue a struggling animal before it could injure itself or someone else with its powerful tail.
I got to touch manatee skin, which is rough in some spots and slick with algae in others.
I got to talk to all manner of researchers, wildlife rescue workers, animal trainers, and more, who had traveled to Crystal River to help with the manatee captures and health assessment.
In other words—it was a magical day, the sort of immersive research that I love. And what could be better than studying manatees?
What’s right in your writing life this week? Please share in the comments!