put away the milkshake and get to work, jerk…

So about that last reward post; I never bought the bacon milkshake. I took on a sinus infection (not a good track record on getting sick these past couple of months) and the last thing my throat needed was dairy. Okay, that was reason #1. Reason #2 – I decided I really didn’t deserve a reward – at least not …

craft, she be a fickle beast…

Craft is a funny thing (I hesitate to call my writing art)… The ebb and flow of creativity drives me insane since it’s so tightly coupled with motivation. No good ideas, no desire to write. The writing becomes a chore and my wife will happily vent to you about my track record on those. To me, the whole system is …

and the journey begins…

December 4th, 2011 marks the day that I began my 750words.com journey. We’ll see where that takes me. Now the true questions are: Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Will I stick with it long enough to find out? I’m like a distracted toddler. I get bored of repetition easily. And if I’m not seeing results, my brain …

won't you be my neighbor…

Enter house, remove jacket, hang jacket, remove sweater, put on sweater, sit down, remove formal shoes, put on sneakers, begin adventure! And when the adventure had ended, the process was reversed. …every…single…day. If there’s only one thing Mr. Rogers did well (and what cold-hearted monster would say it was only one thing?!), it was repetition. He had formed a routine …

750 words….

I recently came across 750words.com, a nerd-enhanced and up-to-date implementation based on an old concept from The Artist’s Way. Without rehashing in detail what you can already read on their website, the idea is to spit out at least 750 words (approximately 3 pages) of whatever crosses your mind, typically as a morning exercise. It’s akin to hiring Molly Maid …

achievement? achievement!

So, with regard to my writing method, I’m trying a different tack with the next story. I think part of reason it took me so long to crank out a very short piece like Beta-Carotene is that I was trying to multitask. I started to edit without even finishing my story and found that at one point, I had barely …

an exercise in willpower…

“I’m gonna do it this time! I really am! Just you watch!” As an infomercial host would say, “Sound familiar?” I was locked into deep conversation with my best friend (who I’ll call Dub) the other night. We talked about many issues near and dear to us, but the topic which prompted this post (and blog) is motivation. Specifically, motivation …