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Wow. Something got into me yesterday. I spent nearly eight hours writing my book. Eight hours! That’s like working at a “real” job. I am so close to being done. There are still some inconsistencies in the story that need fixing but the whole story is complete now.

You could say I’m on my third draft. I need to do some editing, have a professional editor look at it, come up with good cover art, and market it through Amazon. I took way longer than needed to write this thing but then again it was my first book and I was learning as I went along.

Now this isn’t going to be one of those classics you were forced to read in high school. It’s no Hemingway. I’m a long way from writing anything brilliant, but I think it is entertaining enough.

I may not make much money on this one but it has served to give me a better feel about how to write a book. It’s a small one – only around 22,000 words. I was shooting for 50,000 but the story didn’t seem to need it.

Anyway, point is, I am pursuing a dream I’ve had most of my life but didn’t take it on because I had other commitments. I retired early because of health reasons so now I have the time and the gumption to actually write.

That’s not quite true. I did do some writing back then. I wrote a weekly column for our local paper and did some news releases and ad copy. But I never took on something as hefty as a book.

What do you want to do with the remainder of your life? Even though Leuk is in your life now, do you still have things you’d like to accomplish?

In the past I have had depression issues but that was years ago. I find that focusing on a goal, being involved in life in some way, keeps me well away from the rabbit hole.

So I hope you keep busy too. Maybe you cook, or read, or write poems, or play drums, or color in one of those cool adult coloring books. It doesn’t matter what you do just do something. Don’t let Leuk take center stage because that’s exactly where he wants to be. It’s up to you to put him in his place.

Godspeed

I got some work done on my book yesterday. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t been feeling so hot (probably just a Cold), or because I put that damn counter on my Goals page, but whatever it is I’ve been having this feeling of urgency.

I’m more aware that my time is limited. I’m not trying to be melodramatic here. And I most certainly am not having a pity party. I’m just facing the obvious. I’m not fearful, just determined.

Now, I’m guessing I have many years before the old bucket gets kicked because my leukemia is still under control. Well, maybe control isn’t the right word, but Leuk is not very strong with me yet. The plain truth is everyone is terminal whether they’re healthy or not.

So, whatever it is, leukemia, a Cold, or just that counter, I’m glad for the motivation. It seems to be getting me off my butt finally. Well, actually I sit on my butt when I write, but you get my meaning.

I know I’ve said it before, but I truly hope you are pushing forward with whatever goals lie within your abilities. As long as you are breathing you still have time to achieve something. It doesn’t have to be anything big. If all you can muster is finally telling a family member that certain thing you’ve always wanted to say then do it. Come to think of it, that might just be one of the most important goals of all.

Well it’s Wednesday – “hump day” as we call it here. No, it’s because it’s in the middle of the week, now get your mind out of the gutter.

It’s a beautiful sunny day, albeit 30 degrees with snow on the ground. I’m up and writing and feeling pretty good. A little light headed today but what else is new? Not going to let it stop me.

I’m still working on that third blog. It is going to be a commercial site (meaning it will have ads) and have to do with helping married couples rekindle their relationships. But there is still much designing to do and a whole lot of writing before it can go online.

I drove my wife to work this morning. I always feel a little guilty sending her off when I am retired but she’s a trooper. I still keep the “gratefulness coin” in my pocket that I mentioned in a previous blog post and she is one of the main things I think of when I touch it.

Anyway, wish me luck. It’s day 4 of 2017 so I’ve got 361 days to complete my goals. That sounds like a lot but it ain’t. At my age a year seems to fly by.

Good luck with your goals for 2017.

Sunrise photo

Good Morning.

I got up early this morning and started on the new plan (see yesterday’s goals). Hopefully I’ll keep going.

Today I finish up processing photos for a past job I shot. And then get to work on building the new blog site. And then, finally, get back to that horrid novel. I say horrid not because it is a bad book (well we’ll see what the readers think!), but because it’s becoming a pain to write.

It’s not that I don’t like writing, I do. But writing is a lot of work, especially a full blown story. The beginning is always easy, it’s the middle that kills you. I’m past that stage now and have the beginning, middle, and end done. Now comes the tedious part: the second draft.

Yesterday I got hit with tiredness and nausea so I had to hit the sack for most of the day – a bit of a frustration. But so far so good today.

Here’s wishing you all success in this new year. Whether you are still walking around like me or stuck in bed, try to find hope in new goals for yourself.

Godspeed.

It’s a new year and I’m packed jam full with resolutions.

I’m doing the Big Climb again. This will be my third year at it. (I’ll have more about that in other posts.) If I’m going to make it up that building I have to get going on another goal: restart my gym workout!

I’m going to finish the drawings for my children’s book which I wrote several years ago but never got around to finishing.

My novel is in its second draft and has been sitting around waiting for me to get real with it again. So I’m diving back into it too.

I’m still practicing the drums, although I’m no longer in a band. Hopefully by year’s end I’ll feel more confident hitting the skins and can start looking to form a band again.

Of course I have my blogs to write. I currently have two and am starting a third.

Okay, I know that all seems like a lot and I may not reach all of these goals. But I think there is a good chance I’ll complete most of them.

Leuk is still here threatening me but I’m going to use him as motivation to get things done. The last thing I want is to leave this planet without having accomplished my plans. At the very least I want to get that damn novel published, get my body back into good shape, climb the Columbia Building in Seattle, do the children’s book, be successful with my blogs, and master the drums.

Oh, I guess that was everything. Perhaps what I meant by “at the very least” was to get all of the above goals done.

Anyway, it’s a good day, I feel good. And the future, no matter how long I have, looks great.