I’ve Got A Spring In My Step

It’s Easter Sunday, the sun is shining over the south Puget Sound, and churches everywhere are packed. It’s around this time that people from all sorts of faiths gather to celebrate life’s victory over death, either through the resurrection of a man or in the rebirth of the seasons. A big deal for lots of folks, no doubt.

And yet amidst all this celebration of life, there is a shadow hanging over it all. Today is the last day of my spring break — my little vacation from the constant demands of calculus and chemistry — and I can’t help but feel a little sad that it has to be over.

But it’s not all bad. I’m more than a little bummed that I have to start school again but I’ve definitely got a whole lot of awesome going on too. Like I said in the last post I’m the soon-to-be father of the most amazing little girl in the history of amazing little girls.

Part two of my ongoing awesome is that I have a renewed plan for writing. That’s right, I’m going to try to write and go to school. Not so easy for a guy like me, but a few glorious events transpired over spring break that got me thinking a lot about writing.

A couple weeks ago I went and saw Marissa Meyer talk about the newest book in her Lunar Chronicles series, Scarlett, at a library near my abode. Marissa is a Tacoma local and she’s has been cool enough to do more than a few of these types of things in the area since her debut book, Cinder, came out last year. When the talk was over and my wife and I went to get our copy of the novel signed, Marissa remembered us from a reading she did a whole year prior and was nice enough to ask me how my novel was progressing. I smiled, turned red, and said that my novel was, uh, ‘temporarily’ on hold.

I pretty much felt like a total douche-canoe.

It was that small encounter coupled with all the nice things you people in the blogosphere have been saying in the comments that got me thinking about getting back to the writing. For so long I’ve clung to my all-or-nothing mentality for getting things done because it’s always seemed like the best way to approach challenges. I all but stopped writing when school got heavy because I felt like any time I could put into my writing would be futile because I couldn’t go at it full-bore. And why do anything if you’re not going to do it like a person with a crazed obsession, right? But now, with life getting more complicated, I think my golden age of doing nothing but writing are long gone. I either need to find some balance or give up writing, and the latter isn’t really an option, is it?

So here’s the new plan: I’m going to dedicate a minimum of one hour a day to my manuscript and make a blog post every Sunday. If I find that I have more time then I’ll dump it into writing, but for now I think an hour ought to do it. I don’t know how long it’ll take me to finish, but that’s okay. As long as I keep hammering away at the keyboard I know I’ll get it done.

And so this Easter, the holiday is taking on a new spin for me. I’m not just seeing the renewal of spring, but of something I love doing as well.

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4 thoughts on “I’ve Got A Spring In My Step

  1. A daughter! Hooray!! Love the name (and the nicknames).

    I think it’s awesome to have a goal, and yours sounds reasonable. My weekly goals are to write four nights a week (for however long I am able to do it). BUT, I also forgive myself if I can’t/don’t feel like writing in a given night. That way, I never feel (too) guilty.

    The blogging does take up too much time for me, though. It’s one real problem I don’t know how to solve.

    Good luck!!

    • As for the blog problem — if you could call it that — I think having a set day when I blog will be a fix. Having some time to think about what I want to blog about rather than sitting down and saying, “Okay, what’s this post going to be about?” will save me a bunch of time.

  2. Sadly, few writers can afford to write full-time without having a day job. Not these days. A few of us manage it, but until you start pumping out best-sellers, it generally requires a spouse/partner with enough income to support two people for a while, or some other source of income. And not just for one year (unless you’re really lucky), but for a few.

    I don’t have a set time that I write every day. I do have a word count goal of 1,000 words/day. But I’m not strict about it. Sometimes I do less; sometimes I do more. On rare occasions, I don’t write at all, but I try not to do that for more than a day or two, before forcing myself back on track.

    • I don’t have any illusions about being able to quit my day job, when I get a day job that is. Not to say that I wouldn’t if i could, because I totally would, but I know that writing is likely always going to be something I want to do for me rather than something that makes me millions of dollars. I think I’m okay with that though.

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