I was trying to think of a blog topic for today, and I couldn’t settle on any one. Settling seems to be a problem for me lately. So I’m going with it. I figure I’ll just share some of my rambling thoughts with you, since this is part of my life as a writer….pretty much everything is part of my life as a writer right now.
As far as writing and career planning I had a bit of an epiphany the other day. Planning has never been one of my strong suits, and it hit me that when it comes to story telling, the whole lack of planning skills is my strong suit. One of the things I hate most as a reader is a cliched story. I hate it when I’m watching a movie and I can predict everything that’s going to happen before it happens. So, when it comes to writing stories my lack of planning can help. Sure it can also cause me to paint myself into a corner every now and then, but hey, thats can make a story exciting, right?
I made the mistake of starting to watch the TV series JUSTIFIED. I say it’s a mistake because I am now addicted. I love the family angle, the outlaw angle, and think Walten Goggins is fabulous as bad/good/bad guy, just as he was in The Shield.
I finally found a buyer for my 4 years old iMac. It’s a great computer, which is why I wouldn’t sell it cheap, but I’ve been doing more and more photography and digital art lately and the program I use (aperture 3) eats up all the ram, so everything slows, and it gets annoying. So I wanted a new, bigger faster one., and now I get to have one!
I put up a poll on my blog over the weekend, to see what readers would like the most from me. And I have to say, I’m surprised at the results so far.
Some other writer friends and I have been chatting about jealousy lately. How we all feel it sometimes, and what to do about it, How to turn it into something productive instead of destructive. Basically we boiled it down to this. You can let it eat you, or you can acknowledge, and use it to work harder, and get better.
I’m going to leave this little ramble with a favorite quote of mine. One that applies to writing, and life.
“The first step is to find out what you love — and don’t be practical about it. The second step is to start doing what you love immediately, in any small way possible. I’ve seen what happens to people when they get to do what they love. They light up. They glow. They have a kind of energy that’s wonderful.”-Barbara Sher