“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
~Jack London

Pretty sure this past year just proved London’s point. 

While I don’t know that I’d say I was waiitng for inspiration, it’s painfully obvious that I didn’t go after anything with a club this last year!

It’s more than a bit depressing to look back at the start of this blog and see two (TWO!) pathetic little posts. I’m barely any further in my novel’s progress, and the pants size is still the same.

So now I have to change the tag line to this blog’s title–now they’re “two old resolutions,” I guess. But you know what? I’m not going to start over on this blog so that I don’t have to be reminded of my failures.

The fact is, I need to be reminded of them. I need to remember that unless I make the changes, nothing will be different. I’ll be sitting here in another year with only two (TWO!) more little blog posts to add to my sorry little collection.

But I am resolved not to let that happen.

That finish line is still out there. Success is still possible. My friends, family, etc. would remind me that I did accomplish a lot over this past year–just not in these two areas. And one of the most amazing things in this whole journey is that all my supporters still believe in me, despite the year(s) of evidence stacking up against their faith. (Well, most of them still believe, and I don’t blame the ones who may have their doubts. After all, I’m the one who planted them there.)

But there it is–the finish line. It’s still off in the distance, but I can see it just as clearly as when I first drew it all those years ago. 

And after today, it’s one step closer. One page nearer. One pound slimmer.

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A pound a week … check.

So far, so good. I’m on my way. The investment is paying off.

And the friends are a super, uber-helpful support group! (Thanks guys. You know who you are!)

A page a day … sans check.

Unfortunately, I’m just completely swamped right now. Papers up to my neck and cutting off my ability to breathe the creative air.

That said, here’s a thought I’m leaving myself with.

My biggest personal writing challenge for a long while has been to make my dark darker … in order to make my light brighter. Can’t remember where I first read that. But that’s what I’m after. The ever-ellusive balance with some lovely extremes to show how important the balance is.

Here’s a quote that I hope will help me in this particular task.

“Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.” G.K. Chesterton

Day 1: The Starting Line

Posted: November 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

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The starting line!

It’s intimidating, intense, and inspiring. But more importantly, it’s mine. I drew this line. I charted this course. I have a novel that’s unwritten and a body that’s unfit. So I’ve set some goals:

1 page a day.

1 pound a week.

For 1 year.

With a little financial motivation (a la healthywage.com), and a whole lot of writing inspiration (thank you, wife, children, family, students, and friends), today I’m starting a race against time.

If all goes as planned, I’ll cross the finish line one year from now with my first finished novel under my much smaller belt!