Monday, November 2, 2015

I'm Doing It!

So this month is Novel November because Apparently Alliteration is Always Absolutely Awesome And Auspicious, Amigos!

But seriously.

I'm doing it.  Well, more of a novella (it's a little shorter than a novel).  I'll be writing or editing every day and by the end of the month I'm hoping to be done.  Or maybe I'll finish in December.  With a rough draft.  But hey, it's something.

If any of you out there would like to help me along by reading and (ever so gently) giving me your thoughts and critiques, I'd appreciate it.  Just let me know and I'll send you a copy of the first draft once it's done.

*Disclaimer: it's not quite PG, so don't ask to read it if you're easily offended.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

What A Year

I had such grand plans for this year.  So many things I wanted to do, so many dreams I wanted to accomplish.  Ha.  I have not been very fortunate or successful.

I wanted to read a book a month.  I got off to a good start but I haven't had to concentration to read as of late.  I've tried, but the most I've been able to do is reread some old comic books and start muddling around in A Song of Ice and Fire.

I had a strong start to writing everyday, but that's something else that's fallen by the wayside in the last few months.  My daily writing was supposed to help me write the first draft of a novel as well as starting to research my next writing project.  The year is coming to a close and I will not come anywhere close to wrapping up the first draft of my novel.

My exercise routine is non-existent so I doubt I will be able to reach my goal weight and hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim is a no-go.

My life has fallen apart this year which makes it hard to work on accomplishing anything of substance.  But I'm surviving.  I know one day I'll even thrive again.  That day is still a ways off, but I know it's there, somewhere over the horizon.

This has been rather glum and depressing, so here is something to cheer you (and me) up

Friday, March 20, 2015

Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, decision.  I've been throwing a lot of ideas around in my head recently, especially in regards to what to do with my life.  I've made some decisions and I'm still wrestling with others.  One thing, however, that I have decided upon is to start planning for a thru hike on the John Muir Trail.

The John Muir Trail is a beautiful 221 mile trail that winds through Yosemite, the John Muir Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park.  It starts at Yosemite and ends at Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48.  The trail crosses alpine lakes, mountain rivers, and mountain peaks.  I'm looking forward to it.

I don't have any firm dates planned yet.  Don't know if it'll be the summer of 2016 or the summer of 2017.  But I'm doing it.  I'm doing it as soon as I can.  I'm in the early stages of planning--slowly buying equipment, planning how long I'll take, getting in shape, etc.

One thing that I'm looking for is a partner.  Someone (or someones) to go with me.  If no one does, no biggie.  Solitude certainly has its benefits.  But if there's anyone who is interested in accompanying, if only for a portion, let me know.  If you have any experience you'd like to impart to me, I welcome it all.  If you have spare gear, I'd love it.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

My New Year's Goals

I've never been good at New Year's Resolutions.  They're too easy to break.  The failure of these resolutions is a collective cultural joke.  Last year I decided to give myself a goal.  It worked out well.  It came down to the last minute, but I was able to complete my reading goal.  Twenty books sounds small, but considering some of my time constraints, it feels good to have accomplished it.

This year, I'm being more ambitious.  It means that I'll have less time to waste on T.V., aimlessly spending time online, and less time lazing in bed.  But that's okay.  For 2015 I will:

Read a book a month
Write every day
Complete the first draft of my novel
Start researching and writing my next book
Get down to 200 pounds or less
Hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim

I have other goals that I'm constantly trying to work on--be a better husband, be a better father, etc, but those are more difficult to quantify.  What's your New Year's Goal?