The Beard of My Discontent

I’m changing a few things in my life.

This post is part of that – one segment in a personal challenge to write frequently and consistently, to develop writing as a natural habit.

I’m also losing weight.

Notice here that I said ‘I’m losing weight,’ not ‘I’m trying to lose weight.’ I never really liked Yoda, but even I have to admit he pretty much nailed it when he said, “No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.” (more…)

Succeeding to Fail

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.’ This concept seems to imply that success only comes after much trial and error. But what happens after the hard-won success?

Once a person achieves great success, what next?

I’m a lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing. My oldest brother read The Hobbit to me when I was very small, and the story left such an impression on me, I decided to be a writer myself someday. A few years later (more…)

The Timely Death of Television

When I started this writing challenge yesterday, I had no real idea where I was going with it, other than the fact that I wanted to write more consistently. By restricting my participation in social media until after I write, I unintentionally touched on today’s topic: What crowds your time and makes it difficult for you to write?

I realized that for me, watching TV used to be one of my biggest time-killing creativity leeches. To be honest, we turned off our cable and haven’t watched a show on regular television in at least a year. We realized that we were spending too much time in the evenings, camped out in front of the magic box, allowing our time to drain away while we watched programming that did nothing for us.

So we pulled the plug. (more…)

Write. Every Day.

I’m always looking for a new way to prod myself to write.

The problem is that the various methods tend to fail after a short time, and I fall back into the tried and true pattern of making excuses for not doing what I want, and then, by default, doing what I don’t want.

Yesterday, I came across an interesting concept that might be more effective for me. John Muldoon had a link to Bradley Charbonneau’s blog that gave me a completely different way of looking at the problem of establishing a consistent writing habit. (more…)

What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?

The following is a post I wrote in December 2011, and then promptly forgot in an obscure folder on my computer. It was originally intended for my previous blog, but I thought it might fit in here as well. It’s interesting to read what was going through my head more than a year ago, and to measure that against steps I’ve taken since then. Read on…

I have been richly blessed for the past two plus decades to have a career that I honestly enjoy, and that to this point has had the benefit of being different most every day.  I work with people who generally share my sense of humor and sarcasm, which goes a long way toward relieving any potential tedium.  I am lucky enough that my lovely bride is able to stay home and nurture our two children, which is one of the great dreams of my life – being able to partner with my wife to raise our own kids without having to hire someone else to do it.  We have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, and (at least in my irritatingly obvious case) more than enough food to eat.

Which begs the question: (more…)