I’m an animal lover who believes in do no harm to my fellow human being or any creature that I come in contact with, but I write stories that contain violence against man and beast. In this world where darkness and light are a part of life, it would be unrealistic and unbelievable if I didn’t. Even with this stance, I still have a moral dilemma that keeps rearing its head.
What if we could set the competition aside and use each other's knowledge and experience to create a better place for everyone? Idealistic and naive, maybe. Still it's something we all need to consider, especially in the divisive and uncertain climate we all seem to find ourselves in.
Who we spend time on is as precious the seconds that pass through our hands. Who is more precious than oneself? If we don't invest in our health and well-being the time we invest in other things isn't going to matter. Feeling like we don't have enough time for things is a major cause of stress. Here's a few things I am doing to build my time portfolio.
Someone asked me this question over New Year's dinner, questioning the motivation for doing something that wasn't selling, or making any money. I gave them the simple answers of needing at least two books to start the name-building process and wanting to finish what I started. Here's the more complicated ones.
How I Started (And Kept) Writing Every Day stuck a chord in me because the author has the same struggles and thoughts about his incomplete writing as I do. To him, writing every day is about managing expectations, self-accountability, and low-stakes writing.
I have to fight my brain every day. It tells me I should concentrate on making money, forget about writing. It'll say that writing is nothing but a waste of time. To that, I saw oh contre. It's helped me express myself in time of great grief and tragedy, it's given me the ability to vent when I couldn't yet. It's let me be me to complete strangers when personal interaction gives me trouble cause I'm worried about how they are judging me.