Accepting Opportunities

Each comes with a cost — and benefits.2014 11 20 desk blue shirt square IMG_2729

by Andy Scheer

“Do you want a roll-top desk?” my wife said. “Our neighbor is giving one away.”

There it sat. Massive. Oak. Free. And separated into moveable sections.

I hadn’t planned to replace my writing desk, but the opportunity was too good to miss. My son-in-law and daughter and I carried The Desk to my basement office.

I had to move every other piece of furniture. Assembly took more work than I imagined. A month later, I was still getting used to it.

Still, sitting here makes me feel more like a writer. Considering the project deadline that looms less than a month away, I’ll need that can-do attitude.

If I’d said no — to the desk or to that assignment — I’d have saved myself a lot of work. But regarding the desk, I’d have turned down something far better than I’d ever imagined. I hope the same proves true for the writing project.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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