New Year, New Purpose, New Plan

New Year, New Purpose, New Plan

Ok, so first of all, how the hell is it 2018 already?  I am a huge fan of (read: OCD about) even numbers, so the year 2018 does appeal to me more than 2017 did, but I feel like this has to be a big mistake.  I graduated college in 2014, which means it’s gotta be like… 2016… max.  2017 on a bad day, or if I’m hungover.  But 2018?  Absolutely not.

I guess if it really is 2018 (it’s not), I’ll roll with the punches as they come (do I sound old or what?), so I’m actually really excited to make the most of this year.  I’ve been thinking about this kickoff post for a while, but it took me a full month to publish it because I wanted to take some time to do quiet reflecting.

Just two weekends ago, on January 28th, I turned 26 (AKA a Level-Five 21-year-old).  Being in the less awesome half of my twenties is kind of like having an old man version of me yelling in my ear, “It’s time to grow up and start accomplishing things!  Back in my day, we used to walk seven miles to get to school, barefoot and uphill both ways!” (On my birthday I ended up doing 26 shots with said old man).

The next morning, with those thoughts still ringing in my head as I tried and failed to sleep off my hangover, I settled on what this year would be all about.

In the end, for me, it’s all about renewed focus.  This is the oldest (and wisest) any of us have ever been, and the youngest and most energetic we’ll ever be (yes I stole that from somewhere, and yes I was too lazy to look up where it came from).  This means there will never be a better year for us to do what we really want to do.

I’m coming to realize lately just how much I want out of life.  To see all there is to see, eat all there is to eat, party on every continent, write as many good books as I can (turn them into movies, write the screenplays, direct them, star in them and also play every single character with the help of makeup and CGI).  I want to be free to make the most out of my days, to write all day or all night if I want to, to walk around my city (DC) or any other city aimlessly just because I can.  I want to make a thousand friends, bring the ones I have closer, drink with them to celebrate our highs and also to forget our lows, get into and out of trouble as often as possible, travel the world with them and laugh about how strange and amazing it all is.  I want to learn a hundred languages, experience a hundred cultures, live on a boat, sail around the world, fly to Mars and bring an alien friend back, write my name on the moon.  And that’s just what I think I want to do right now.

But dreams are just dreams unless you do something about them.  With a plan a dream becomes an achievable goal.  Breaking down that goal into steps, and breaking those steps into actions, arms you with the world’s simplest roadmap.  The next step in my personal roadmap is to do several rewrites/edits of my current book and get it out there in any way I can.  I’m so excited about it – more excited than I’ve ever been about something – that I want the editing process to take a long time, because I want it to be the best book it can be.  And I will publish it, whether through a large publishing house or myself.

So I bought myself a productivity journal to keep accountable and on track.  I’ve been using it since January 1, and I absolutely love it.  It helps me clarify my goals, plan out my days, stay positive, and make sure I always have time to take the actions I need to achieve them.  If you haven’t taken the time to write down your goals and understand which activities will get you closer to them, you’re missing out.  I personally am using the BestSelfCo ‘SELF Journal’ (no this is not an ad – do you honestly think I’m nearly important enough for them to care if I mention their journal?).  There are dozens of them out there, but they all accomplish the same thing: help you focus.

Another of my immediate goals is to connect with even more people (read: you) on this amazing medium we call blogging – to learn more, make friends, see from other perspectives.  How amazing is it that in all of human history we live in a time when connecting with dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of likeminded individuals rests no further than our own fingertips?  So if you feel like it, leave a comment below with your thoughts so I can come by your blog and spend some time there, which to be clear is you doing me a favor – not the other way around – because what I want most right now is to read other peoples’ (your) writing, learn from what they (you) have to say, and hopefully find a lot of new blogs to add to my list of regular reading.

Huge shout out and thank you to awesome fellow blogger Milly Schmidt, who was kind enough to let me copy her amazing blog layout recently.  Changing things up served as a really fun and fresh kickstart to blogging in 2018.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet you definitely should, especially if you like writing and/or cats (full disclaimer she has a dog, too, thank god).

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!  Happy 2018.

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Small Details Make A Difference

Small Details Make A Difference

Ever overlooked a detail or powered through an exposition paragraph because you thought it didn’t matter?  What about fudging the specifics of a process because you were too lazy to look it up?  How about settling for something approximating the description you really wanted because thinking of the right word was taking too long?

Yeah… same.   Continue reading “Small Details Make A Difference”

How Santorini Adds To Character, Setting, and History

How Santorini Adds To Character, Setting, and History

Santorini is easily one of the most beautiful and inspiring places I have ever been.  It’s equally picturesque, full of interesting people (both locals and tourists), and stuffed to bursting with varied things to do.

Below are a few things I either did on the island or caught my attention so fully I had to write them down.  They’re fun and intriguing little anecdotes that I’m sure will make great additions to the characters/setting/history of many of our stories.

If you want to see what I have to say about Athens, you can check that out here.  But now we’ll move onto… Continue reading “How Santorini Adds To Character, Setting, and History”

Athens, Feta Cheese, And Inspiration

Athens, Feta Cheese, And Inspiration

Athens is the home of some of the coolest mythology ever created.  Zeus, God of Thunder and Sky, King of the gods of Mount Olympus; Poseidon, Lord of the Oceans; Hades, Ruler of the Underworld; Dionysus (my favorite), God of Wine and Madness; Vacation God, Breaker of MacBooks and other Work Instruments.

Wait… what? Continue reading “Athens, Feta Cheese, And Inspiration”

Follow Me To Greece

Follow Me To Greece

Athens and Santorini have always pulled on my imagination like an insistent child annoying the shit out of his mother (remember when I used to do that mom?).  The islands, the history, the views, the food… maybe running into a Greek god or two.

Starting tomorrow, June 16, I’m going to be realizing some of those long held dreams. Along with my girlfriend, her parents, and their family friends (thanks everyone), I’ll be spending 10 days in Athens and Santorini, and I couldn’t be more excited. Continue reading “Follow Me To Greece”

My 4th Blogaversary – What Blogging Has Taught Me

My 4th Blogaversary – What Blogging Has Taught Me

What can you learn about writing (and about yourself) after four years of blogging?

Today, June 8th, 2017, is an important day for me.  Four years ago today I started this blog, Fiction All Day, with a lame an irreverently titled post: Introductions Suck…  The very next day, I followed that pilot post with with another, this one about Writers and Astronauts.  Three days later I followed up yet again with Writing is Scary… (and apparently I thought ellipses in post titles were really cool). Continue reading “My 4th Blogaversary – What Blogging Has Taught Me”

How Fly Fishing Taught Me To Write

How Fly Fishing Taught Me To Write

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