Jumping the Gun – Just Shot Myself in the Foot

By: Marilyn L. Davis

“In my impatience, I become convinced that this desire of mine should have been fulfilled yesterday when it belongs to a tomorrow that yesterday would have killed had I had my way.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Should Have Remembered the Microwave

My father graduated from college with a degree in history, read daily, and traveled long distances to make a sale. Logging up to 100,000 miles on a car gave him a lot of time to ponder questions about life. Family discussions about life usually included quotes from books he was reading or a historical reference from some long-lost civilization. 

Dad believed that not all advances in civilization were worthwhile, either. When my mother bought a microwave, he wasn’t as thrilled about this modern and improved appliance as she was. She tried to convince him of the merits telling him that she could melt chocolate for her fudge or icing in record time, that she would save countless hours in the kitchen, and have more time for her hobbies.

Dad had no objections to Mom getting more time for her hobbies, nor were his motives for his opinion self-centered. He didn’t think about the quality of his food deteriorating with this invention.

He just believed that this time-saving, quicker than ever invention would be the “end of patience in America.” 

Reading War and Peace for a Lit assignment, I was bored and knew that I could get out of reading it if I asked him to elaborate on his comment. So, I asked him how this time-saving invention would be the end of patience in America. 

He said, “Marilyn, if your mother can have melted chocolate in mere seconds, the next thing you know, people will expect their mail in two days rather than five, they’ll want to get everything in just one store, and you will be satisfied with the Cliffs Notes and miss the beauty of that book.”

The End of My Patience

As you can imagine, there were some anxious moments behind the scenes at Two Drops of Ink. I wholeheartedly support Scott’s decision to pursue other writing opportunities. Editing is time-consuming, and Scott has labored long and hard publishing other people’s work. Now it’s time for him to concentrate on his words. 

Even feeling that way, I panicked when some submissions for the writing contest weren’t outstanding, entertaining, or original.

The submissions that were suitable seemed too few for a bona fide writing contest. I contacted those writers directly, explained the lack of quality posts, and asked if they would like their guest post reviewed for regular publication, and they agreed.

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As is the case when we jump the gun, get impatient, or want instant gratification, our outcomes might have significantly improved if we had been patient. 

Submissions for the contest started filling the new mailbox, got forwarded from the old, and I’m reconsidering my rash – microwave decision.

Ah – live and learn.

Let’s All Slow Down

“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement, and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.” ― Brian Adams

Therefore, I’m backtracking, contacting early entrants, reading, reviewing, editing, and imaging. 

I’m excited about many of the recent entries and decided that extending the deadline would help us all. Click To Tweet

Mark Your Calendars – Again


Extended Submission Deadline June 30, 2018

  1. Review the submission guidelines.
  2. Send all submissions to twodropsofinksubmissions@yahoo.com (questions as well).
  3. Make sure you put “Writing Contest” in the subject line of your email.
  4. Check your grammar and syntax. I will tolerate some mistakes as this is normal for all writers; however, if your submission has excessive grammar errors, I will ask for a re-submission before the deadline.
  5. We don’t guarantee that we’ll publish every submission.
  6. We’re encouraging our regular contributors to participate, but they cannot win the grand prize. 
  7. To win, you must have the most likes on your post. Simple. It’s your job as the author to share and solicit votes.
  8. You cannot like your post.
  9. Submissions should be under 4000 words.
  10. The grand prize will be $100 to the “post with the most” – the most “Likes.”
  11. There will also be a badge for the winner to place on their blog or website.
  12. All submitting writers must like our Facebook page and follow the site through one of our many “follow” options. Doing this will serve to help writers stay informed about the site’s activities and announcements.
  13. Participation will give your bio, websites, and links exposure whether or not you win.
  14. Have fun, invite friends to read, and share this post.

The contest will start on July 6, 2018

Good luck everyone and thanks for your understanding!

PS: The foot is healing nicely. I’ve packed the microwave up and will donate next week, and might, just might, find time for a batch of Mom’s fudge.


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  1. Marilyn, I think there is a reason that I’m late in reading this. I’ve started a new business and am impatiently waiting for that first client. I needed to read your post today to remind myself that they will come. Sorry I couldn’t submit anything to the contest. I’ve been wrapped up in this new venture. Rest assured. They will come.

  2. I have wondered how you were handling the extra of a contest so soon. I am not sure I will get my post finished in time…due to my travels to see my daughter graduate from grad school…however, you never know. I might have some time in the air on a long flight. Glad you are moving forward…and I’d love to try some of that patient fudge. 🙂

    • Hi, Michelle. I’m reminded of how I answered a parent one day in a family session when she asked me how I did all I did for the residents. “Not well some days” was my honest response. You’ll just have to wait on the fudge – focused now on the contest. She smiles.

  3. I would love to enter, but I deleted my Facebook account some time ago along with Google+. I had a love hate relationship with both of those social medias. Am on Twitter reluctantly——

    • Hi, JoAnn. You’re already a subscriber. While we would like everyone to “like our Facebook page”, obviously you can’t. However, you can enter the contest as it makes no sense to penalize you when you don’t participate on FB. Look forward to a submission!

  4. Hi, Marilyn,
    Enjoyed your post! It was a needed reminder for me today, as patience is not a virtue I can claim to possess.
    So glad the contest is on again! I think they are such fun for everyone.
    Your Dad seemed to not only be well-educated, but wise beyond his time. He certainly accurately predicted the future, didn’t he?
    Oh, and I have to ask, did you end up finishing the book?

  5. Hilarious! And good for you, brave you, to press on regardless. Do I need to re-submit my tiny essay?

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