I read a lot of other writer’s websites. I also like to read websites from writers, actors, and directors that I respect. One of these names is Wil Wheaton, who some know as Wesley on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but is also someone who has done a lot of cool stuff over his career. Anyway, one of the things that I have been following is his “Life Reboot,” where he has been working on improving certain areas of his life.
It is probably where I got the itch to make my New Year’s post about changing my life for the better as well. He has been doing great. I have not.
Go back and look at my New Year’s post and you will see a lot of things that I wanted to improve.
- Finish the first draft of Fallen Star and get started on the real writing (since first drafts are crap)
- Get healthier
- Get control of my business
- See more movies
- Keep up with this blog more often
So, just as Mr. Wheaton did this week, lets look at my goals.
1. Finish First Draft of Fallen Star
This is bad, and I hate to admit it, but I am being honest here. I have not even finished the first draft of my novel yet. I know how it is going to end, I know everything that is going to happen. However, I haven’t had the time.
That is an excuse, but it is also the truth.
Living in Midland, Texas means that everything costs more. Even nationwide chains charge more here and that makes living hard. Honestly, we had a three bedroom house with a garage in Oklahoma that cost less than the two bedroom crap apartment we are in now. Over $100 less.
As a result, most of my writing the first two months of 2016 has been done for IZEA and a project I am working on for them. It is keeping our head above water and I am able to pay bills thanks to it.
What I have not been able to do was finish by first draft of Fallen Star and that kind of kills me.
But there is good news coming and things are about to get a little easier for us, so I can finally get that first draft finished and then work on the real meat and bones of the story in the re-writing phase.
2. Get Healthy
There is no excuse for this. DDP Yoga takes just 20 minutes a day. That is it. Not doing it is just lazy and there are no excuses. Eating crap like chips and snack food is also all my fault. Stupid and lazy and it makes me unproductive because I don’t feel healthy.
Let me say this. Anyone who thinks that living an unhealthy life doesn’t effect one’s creativity is lying to themselves. Feel healthy and work comes easier. I am shocked that I have not gained any weight this year, but I haven’t lost any weight either.
I need to get on that.
3. Better Business
This is the one area where I can’t knock myself too much. The IZEA gig came at just the right time for us. I may not have gotten by book done, but I am making money writing which is a positive thing. Renegade Cinema has fallen hard in the last two months, but without the OFCC in support of me while I am out of state, I didn’t have much of a choice when it comes to falling behind there.
That should fix itself by August anyway.
4. See More Movies
One thing that Midland has that a lot of places don’t have is an amazing theater. However, without the press screenings and due to the lack of money, I have not seen much in the way of new movies. I did see the awesome Deadpool and the amazing Zootopia, but I need to do better. I just can’t afford it without press screenings right now.
I am finally catching up on Arrow on TV.
5. Keep Up This Blog
This is the first post since that New Year’s Post, so you see how well that went.
However, one thing that I didn’t mention in that post was reading more. And, in that, I am doing pretty good. Compared to hardcore readers (like my wife, who can read a book in 2 days and then move on to the next one), it isn’t awesome, but I am happy.
I discovered Jim Butcher and his Dresden Files books. Not only is he a fellow University of Oklahoma alumni, but I think we were in college at the same time. Plus, I think that “gothic fantasy” might be what by new Steve Samson series of books fits under, except with superhumans instead of magical fantasy creatures.
Anyway, I love Butcher’s books.
With that said, it is now back to more “writing for money.” I will be getting back to Fallen Star very soon and will be a situation where I can get back into movies and get Renegade Cinema rolling again.
But, until then, there is no reason I can’t work on the other things that need improving, and it’s time I stopped talking about it and started doing it.