You know that board game, with dice and play money, that has a nasty reputation for ending abruptly when played by young children? Well. I never liked it. I never won. Looking back, I managed to build one hotel. Once. Only to have it taken away after landing on someone's hotel. On Boardwalk. And my hotel was the last of my losses. The move bankrupted me in one fell swoop.
Then the strangest thing happened. After a decade of living a Monopoly-free lifestyle, I was in the mood. I wanted to play again. Maybe it would help my kid learn about handling money (or scar him for life, whichever). So I bought a board. We played. And I lost again.
Only this time, I was okay with it.
In fact, I was happy to see his excitement, taking advantage of the age-old adage of "Beginner's Luck." I was equally excited to hand him my hard earned cash (it's play money, so I don't might so much). We had fun. That's what matters. And then I learned something!
I think it's the shoe. It's cursed. I always pick it. No race car. No fox terrier. No bowler hat. The shoe. You know what? The shoe is one of the playing pieces. It has as much chance of coming out on top as any other piece. Writing is the same way. We're all players in a giant game of hard work and chance, losses and victories. The only difference is there's no monopoly on writing. There are multiple winners. Some now. Some later. Pick your piece and stick with it. You can't win if you don't play.
When that day comes, I want to be holding this.
Update: No real progress in writing or revising this weekend. Life happens. Plus I'm reading a couple manuscripts from friends of mine. Good stuff. I did, however, get the chance to meet Erin Summerill and Peggy Eddleman while dropping off a giveaway book (I have no pictures to prove it, so you'll have to take my word for it). It was a blast to finally shake hands with awesomeness. They are amazing and super friendly!
For those of you who looked forward to my last Friday post, something goofed with the auto post. And it was a guest post, too! If you missed it, please check it out.
What's your favorite board game?
I'm David, and people hate playing Risk with me.