In the movie “The Martian,” (based on the novel by Andy Weir), the Mars base of a 6-man crew of astronauts is about to be hit by a super-storm* which threatens to breach the Hab** (their living space) and tip the MAV*** (small rocket ship). If the Hab ruptures, they die. If the MAV tips, they can’t launch and, you guessed it — they die. Their most important goal is to return to Earth safely, so they are forced to scrub their exploratory mission and escape the red planet. Something happens (I won’t spoil it for you) to delay their commander from boarding the ship. As the relentless wind pushes the MAV beyond its point to regain balance, threatening to tip, the pilot repeatedly urges her to climb aboard. She insists if they tip, he should launch without her. He persists, refusing to abandon her, and pulls one last trick to support the MAV in combating the force of the wind — he fires up the OMS**** engines. It’s risky, yes, but in doing so he gives the ship, its crew and their Commander the chance to launch and survive.
As aspiring writers and illustrators, one of our main goals — our “Earth” — is a book launch — to become traditionally published. It can be a trying mission, to say the least, often becoming very difficult to weather the ravaging winds of rejection after rejection. Our writing ship keeps threatening to tip yet we continue kicking on the engines to fight those torrential blasts rather than lean toward toppling in defeat. But sometimes we need outside support to keep our OMS engines running — a tanker for refueling when we’re running on fumes. Many times that fuel is in the form of words. Meaningful words. Whether they’re the “keep going, you can do it” cheers from family, friends and colleagues, or words of wisdom we’ve read or heard somewhere, they can be the resonating fuel we need.
Recently I came across a great quote mentioned by author Lori Mortensen in an interview with Henry Herz. I’ve heard the sentiment phrased many ways, but this one by Calvin Coolidge really hit home. I found it so perfect, poignant and inspiring, I wanted it IN MY FACE, especially when I’m waning away from that persistent path. Naturally, I wanted it on my desktop, the thing I see every day at the start of each day, so I composed an image for it! And since I KNOW I’m not the only one who needs a little extra “persistence” support, I thought I’d share it with you*****. If you like it, you can copy the large image for printing to prop or hang for your personal use, or the small image for your desktop (well, you can print that too, if you want it small).
…because in this pursuit to be published I want to lean toward persistence. Don’t you? 😀
* Due to the fact that Mars has super low atmospheric pressure, in reality, a storm of any kind is impossible.
** The Mars Lander habitat.
*** Mars Ascent Vehicle
**** Orbital Maneuvering System
***** It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: this work is copyrighted so is meant for your personal use only, as described in this blog post, and cannot be used or shared in any other way without permission. Thank you!