Daily Archives: June 24, 2013

The Secret to Success? Learn from the Crabs in the Bucket

Awesome advice from Kristen Lamb author of We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s guide to Social Media.

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I am like cerebral flypaper for cool anecdotes, but one that stood out to me was the story of the crabs in the bucket. When fishermen trap crabs, they just dump them in a bucket on the pier. No lid. Nothing to trap the crabs and keep them inside. Why? Because if any crab tries to climb out of the bucket and escape, the others will pull it back inside.

Many of us, when we decide to become professional authors face “crabs in the bucket.” They often look a lot like family, friends and even fellow writers. They fear failure, so they fear our success. If we actually accomplish something remarkable, we prove that success is more choice than fate.

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Musing Mondays (June 24)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing: 

I bought Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready at Walmart a while back and let it sit on my shelf for some time.  I got hard into my kindle and just forgot about the book.  I know I read the back and must have loved it but for some reason I forgot about it.  Then about two months ago I found the book on my shelf and started reading it, this time without reading the back.  OMG I was instantly engrossed and surprised.  Had I read the back I would have realized the guy in the story dies at the beginning.  It is the whole point of the book.  But holy cow since I didn’t read it, it was so powerful I wanted to cry when he died.  I wonder if that is common in other books?  I mean you have to read the back insert to see what it is about but it’s too bad we can’t just start with a clean slate.  I am looking forward to reading Shif next but I’ve decided not to read the back.  And then onto Shine.  Very excited.  

 Shade (Shade, #1)  Shift (Shade, #2)  Shine (Shade, #3)

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Monday Musing  is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!