Baby, You’re a Firework

Katy Perry’s song has been running through my head for the last couple of days and I thought it was just an earworm caught from all the 4th of July revelry, but I realized this morning that maybe it’s in my head for a deeper reason.

If you haven’t heard the song, it’s the ultimate “Stuart Smalley” Song … I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me. As undiscovered writers (I refuse to call us aspiring, because we’re all going to be discovered one day), we live for the day when our voices are heard.  It’s a tough to spend time away from our family and friends, missing those weekend barbecues and pool parties to get a scene out of our heads, or even that far off look we get when a character says something brilliant while we’re trying to talk to a colleague at work.

Thank goodness for writers groups and a community of bloggers all sharing the journey together (Susie, Frank, Taureanw, Linda, The Greater Fort Worth Writers Group – thank you for being shining stars!).  But, we can’t just depend on fellow writers to keep moving forward, we have the find the spark within ourselves, that need to keep our butt in the chair and to put words, sentences, pages and, finally, whole stories together.

This post might be my own Stuart Smalley moment … just without the cardigan sweater. Instead of staring in a mirror to give myself my daily affirmation, I stare at a computer screen, realizing that what looks back at me is my true self.

We may live with our heads in the clouds, but the view of the fireworks is so much nicer up here.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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7 Responses to Baby, You’re a Firework

  1. taureanw says:

    I’ll drink to that! 🙂

  2. Frank Bishop says:

    You are good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, we like you. :).

  3. island traveler says:

    “we have the find the spark within ourselves.” I like that a lot! Often times when we at our lowest moments, it’s like Life and the things around us looks dull, uninspiring. But being aware that we are in control, that we can ignite the passion for the things we love , like writing for example, we can turn the tide around. The spark can be a encouraging word from a friend, a motivational post or a upbeat song like ” Fireworks” by K. Perry. By the way , I like this song as well. Thanks for the visit, I will definitely check Snow’s for their BBQ.

    • Thank you, Island Traveler! Sometimes the motivation we need at the moment we need it is what comes from within. You’re right, we are in total control and there is nothing more empowering than knowing that.

      Definitely make a trip to Snow’s! I live northeast of Fort Worth and we got on the road at the ungawdly hour of 6 a.m. one Saturday moment (me mumbling in the passenger seat to my husband that this better be worth it) and had the best breakfast BBQ ever. Texas Monthly rated it as the best in the state. Let me know what you think we you make it down there.

  4. Beautiful voice. Clichéd, repetitive, lyrics, but, hey, that’s pop.

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