If you're a writer you know all about the Writing Roller Coaster, unfortunately.
1. Short story finished. Time for a nap. Yay.
2. Can't find a market for your experimental romance novella about a vampire and a repressed accountant/stuntman who find themselves heading to the apocalypse but take a detour for a jolly cruise-ship holiday. No lit mags are looking for that sort of stuff at the moment. Apparently. :(
3. Your beta-reader likes the premise for your new novel. You've finished 125 1/2 words of it. It took you all week but they're good words. Really good. Yay.
4. Your short story called Hamster: It Was Not About the Carrot did not make the Fancy Literature Only contest's shortlist. :(
5. Publisher likes the manuscript you sent them, :) but they don't quite think it's right for them. :( You suspect letter was written by a robot. :( :( A jealous robot who is going to steal your idea. :( :( :(
6. You are invited to a fancy foo-foo literary festival.Yay!
7. At the fancy foo-foo literary festival, no one knows you, including the person who invited you. :(
8. Your book gets a good review on Amazon. 5 stars even. Yay! and Yay!
9. Your mother lets it slip that she wrote the review at Amazon. And that she hasn't finished your book yet. She only read the acknowledgements that mentioned her. "But it was very well written, Dear." :(
10. You have a new idea for a novel just when you were positive the well had run dry. It's a good one, maybe the best one ever. Ever ever, like in the history of ideas for novels. Best not to tell the robot. :)