I have ladybugs all over my writing room and my bedroom. It started with just one or two. I’m easily up to a dozen or more now.

Someone told me a long time ago that ladybugs brought luck on their wings. Whether or not the superstition holds, there is something comforting about their presence. They are bright and beautiful, a reminder of spring-to-come on a day that dawned at 24 degrees, still firmly in the clutches of winter.

I have to keep myself from doing too much online reading about the chances of becoming a traditionally published writer. It’s so easy to get discouraged when people tell you it’s all luck and give you lottery-like odds.

Proceed as if it were impossible to fail… I remember reading that advice and thinking it strange. How can you have that kind of confidence without sounding like an utter loon?

I think it takes that kind of courage to be an artist, though, to proceed with your artform without allowing doubt to creep in and crush you. Like the ladybug, I have silk wings folded up under a hard shell. I am taking shelter, working on my dream, until it is time to emerge and take flight.

If ladybugs are lucky, I’ll take it and thank you. But I believe that this ladybug of a writer can make her own luck, too.

Melody Wingfield

Author | Voice Artist | Witch Queen - Melody Wingfield is the creator of The WitchQueen Project podcast and an author of dark fantasy, epic mythology, horror, and erotica. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok at @witchqueenarts. Subscribe to her newsletter, The Magick Word on her website, www.witchqueenarts.com.


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