In a Nutshell

Critiques crush, yet . . .


I persist.

Rejections rain, yet . . .

I persist.

Naysayers speak, yet . . .


stink bug

I persist.

Self-doubt hovers, yet . . .


I persist.

I shield this self-doubt with my mantra. As an aspiring children’s writer, I’d like to proclaim my mantra written by a famous somebody like . . .


A.A. Milne: You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

Or . . .


Frances Hodgson Burnett: At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done– then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.

Or . . .


Louisa May Alcott: I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

But no, my mantra comes from the elusive ‘Anonymous’ which, I admit, leaves me a bit unsettled, but nevertheless, it resonates: Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.

This mantra, which I chant during times of doubt, inspires me to continue . . . tap, tap, tapping out my dreams.

And then one day, I notice . . .


hurdles, which once seemed huge, begin to crumble.

Critique partners rave. Authors compliment. A #1 is received from Rate Your Story! Rejections are personalized. Editors email. 468 of you kind people follow this blog. Hope is in the air!

Though publication continues to elude me, I think it’s safe to say: this nut has cracked; a sprout shoots upward!


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Latest Comments

  1. Jill Richards Proctor says:

    Love this. All nuts shall stand together! Thank you, Julia, for sharing your beautiful words and images.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. FlowerAlley says:

    Keep holding your ground nut. You are part of my e-tribe. Your words are important to me. Chin up PP.


  3. D. Wallace Peach says:

    Lovely, Julie. Keep persisting. I am going to call naysayers “stink bugs” from now on. They have their place in the grand scheme of the universe, but I don’t have to like the smell 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Val Boyko says:

    Tune into that hope in the air 💛 It is everywhere


  5. Joy Becher says:

    As always – so beautiful!


  6. Whitney Hagen says:

    Yay, Julie!


  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Yay for perseverance! You will succeed!


  8. oakcoveresort says:

    You never cease to amaze…..


  9. russtowne says:

    A gorgeous post! I’m delighted you are continuing to persist. If you have written a children’s book, to me that makes you an author of a children’s book (rather than an aspiring author). That it remains unpublished is a mere detail. After all, you could publish it yourself if you wanted. The barriers to do so have never been lower. Whatever you decide, I wish you much success (however you define it) and may your adventure be full of blessings.

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  10. Penny says:

    Lovely! Lovely! Lovely! Thank you! (Wow! My computer is now working and this is the first time I’ve seen your blog on a “big” screen. Wow, again! Your photography is stunning and as always, your words inspiring. 🙂 )


  11. Lynne says:

    It is coming! I can feel it! Keep sharing your beautiful words and pictures and you will feel it too!


  12. Becky says:

    Please don’t stop tap, tap, tapping. I really enjoy reading your blog.


  13. Brenda Davis Harsham says:

    I needed to hear this today, too. There’s always more than enough rejection to go around. The best part of rejection — you’re getting out there, you’re not stuck in your part of the forest waiting for others to do the work. Keep going!


    • Julie says:

      Hi Brenda, I’ve recognized a pattern to my reaction to rejection. At first, I think: That’s ok. It wasn’t meant to be. But later, especially if it was someone I felt was a good match for the manuscript, the self-doubt sets in. As time goes on, I am learning to recognize the self-doubt as a passing thought soon to be followed by added determination. It gets easier but never easy. Thanks for reading.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. jennscountryweekends says:

    Amazing photography! I love the bright flower, insects, birds, storms and all that is there. You just made my day!


  15. Summer Daisy says:

    Gorgeous photos! Have a lovely day ♥


  16. phoartetry says:

    Never give up, my friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Julie@frogpondfarm says:

    Do you know how much I enjoy your words and images? You are a star in my books .. Brilliant post. You will succeed 😄


  18. Amy says:

    So very beautiful!! Love your post, Julie. ❤ 🙂


  19. Eddie Two Hawks says:

    Exceptional photos Julie, with
    thoughtful and meaningful commentary that stirs the mind


  20. dayphoto says:

    I love, love, love each and everyone of your photos! As one NUT to another.



  21. Nurse Kelly says:

    Absolutely you will succeed in whatever way you choose to define that… enjoying the journey every day is the most important part of success, and it is very apparent you already know how to do that – and you do it so beautifully. All the best to you, Julie. 🙂


  22. AlliTerativeAnxiety says:

    I love your photography and writing. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog. This entry in particular resonates with my recent feelings as a writer. The photos also remind me of a relevant quote from the movie Adaptation: “…Every one of these flowers has a specific relationship with the insect that pollinates it.. I mean, how could they know that because of their little dance the world lives? But it does. By simply doing what they’re designed to do, something large and magnificent happens. In this sense they show us how to live – how the only barometer you have is your heart. How, when you spot your flower, you can’t let anything get in your way.” The movie was referring to romance, but I think it applies to our intellectual passions too. Thanks for writing.


    • Julie says:

      Hello, Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts– “because of their little dance the world lives”, “when you spot your flower, you can’t let anything get in your way.” I LOVE that. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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