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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Keeping up with things

Alright, I have not been good at keeping up with these goals. In the end, however, I blame myself.

Several days I have not written because it was late, I was tired, and I had a lot of stuff to do that day. In fact, there have been days where I did not check my email because I was so busy with work, taking it home to complete it. This is not copacetic. I can definitely say that this is simply an excuse, which is the antithesis of dreaming. I also have definitely not done the work I needed to do towards getting published. These excuses vary. I have considered going back to school, but I may be late in this endeavor as I have not yet taken the accursed GRE. I have also been bogged down with keeping up at work. I've done several things for church. And I haven't had time to relax until recently, so I spent that time playing Ghost Busters the Video Game. It's a fun game, but it takes time. I should spend my time elsewhere, right?

Excuses aside, life has a way of sticking its nose where it doesn't belong and bogging things down. This is true for everyone, so I just need to work that much harder to get myself published. However, I'm not sure working towards it every day is feasible. So I should change my rules.

Every day I need to write something that I will want to get published. Contribute at least a little to it. This would be like the NaNoWriMo. I am not sure if I should put a minimum yet, but I need to try really hard towards it. If I don't write something, then I am actively trying to get published or managing publications.

Let's see if this works...

Perhaps I need an incentive. I've never been too good with giving myself incentives unfortunately. Right now we have budgeted a certain amount of "fun" money for my wife and me to use every month, $x each. I am having an incredibly hard time finding what I want to spend my money on. I thought about using it to get back into City of Heroes, a game I loved and played for... 5 years?... essentially since it started. Then I had to quit for money and time reasons. But I don't want to use my time in a game... so that also rules out Eve Online and any of a variety of PS3 and Mac games that I considered using my money on. I found a great board gaming group in the area, but the dues are expensive and I'm not sure I'm willing to use almost all of my spending money to, once again, play games (although they're social games). Then I wanted to get a Blue Tooth mouse, but so I really need it? My USB mouse works... I suppose there are a few books I should get, like the 2010 Guide to Literary Agents (I will have to ask my brother how to insert amazon ads so people can check it out). that might be the best use of my "fun" money, but it's more like a business expense. I even considered using it to contribute towards the webcomic my brother and I are trying to start. *sighs* Right now I'm unsure. I just shouldn't spend it on something that will waste my time. People may say I'm young, but I'm not, not for all the things I want to do. If I don't get started now, I'll never make it.

PS - anyone out there have the solo music to "Amie" by the Pure Prairie League for guitar in either tabulation or sheet?

1 comment:

  1. You might not need a GRE if your grades are high enough. But before you think about GRE's look into the school first. They will let you know what they require.
    You might even consider a technical school, they are much faster than a traditional school.

    I know what you mean about wasting time on games, but I try to look at it in a different light. For me, playing these games are also about studying the latest graphics and advancements in interactive animation. You can also think of it as a way of learning interactive story elements. How did they decide what you will do, or are they allowing you to explore and they work around it? There are lots of things you can learn from games, but don't spend all your time on them. I am trying to cut back (but it's so damn hard!).