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by on May.25, 2009, under General, My personal dribble

I’m working third shift for the next two weeks, and as I sit here trying to adjust to the overnight schedule, kids asleep upstairs, I just finished watching a movie. For some reason this lit a fire under my ass and I started to look into online workshops for writing.

This is where it all went down hill.. I spent probably 2 or 3 hours comparing Stanford, Gotham, Writing, and a few others. Then I moved on to local colleges and universities and remote sites with programs. I looked up summer retreats, and weekend get aways.

Then it hit me.. In the past 5 years, I have spent probably over 200 hours trying to find the best way to learn to write.. And only maybe 20 or so hours actually writing.

If you haven’t noticed yet.. I deleted the blog. I’ve relized that I have a bunch of huge time sinks.. I’m going to list a few of them, so if you see me disappearing from these, realize that I’m trying to do something better with my life.. And not just avoiding you.

1) This blog.. I haven’t been able to write in it for a while.. Been too concerned with all the eyes reading it and what they might think.. But I’ve got over 400 posts in this thing.. If the averate post is 500 words long.. That’s 20k words. Or 1/4 of a novel. I could have written my novel instead of this thing.

2) Facebook/myspace… I had deleted all of these previously, but I got pulled back in. I’ll probably keep my facebook account, but I’m not going to use it actively anymore, and probably delete everything from it also.. The reason for this is because I want to use it as a communication tool with distant friends, because it rocks at that. But I’ve been using it as a time sink for playing games and such.

3) TV… I get much greater enjoyment from a book or a movie than I get from TV.. So why do I keep watching pointless shows? I do enjoy watching House, 24, and Lost, but they are the same shows every week. Now that they are over, I really am not looking forward to anything, so I think I should just stop.

Unfortunately, I still need to keep the tv/cable for the kids. But for myself, its netflix or books.

So what does this gain me??? I’m hoping this gives me more time to focus on the things I want to do, writing and finding a system for beating the lottery. And more tiem for the things I need to do, like get to the gym and back in some form of Martial Arts.

The first two examples are important for my mental/intellectual health. And the last two are important because I am Tachicardic with High Blood pressure. Mix in my weight and I’m not going to be here much longer(This is doctor’s statement.. And with the chest pains I get, I believe her).

With that being said. I will post on this blog major updates.. Stuff like Savannah’s first date, Matthew’s first time being brought home by the cops, etc.. But no more random useless posts.

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4 Comments for this entry

  • Dallas

    Aww, when I saw this post, I was happy that you were finally back online — only to find out that you’re leaving again. Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do.

    Dallass last blog post..Natural Lighting Class

  • Mikey Cooper

    Sorry to hear you won’t be posting much here anymore. Good luck with your writing though!

    As far as getting in shape, Tammy’s been doing P90X for a few weeks now and likes it. The guy hosting it is a cornball and annoys me a bit, but it seems to be a pretty good workout. I tried the yoga video with her yesterday and it had me sweating profusely within the first 20 minutes. You don’t need too much equipment beyond dumbbells and a pull-up bar. Probably easy enough to download somewhere if ya wanna start a home workout routine.

  • Tania

    You haven’t posted here in a while anyway, but I think you should still do it more often. To me, at least, writing in a blog isn’t the same as writing for the love of writing (as in a book or something you might publish). It’s just a means of getting things off your mind and looking at it with different perspective.

    The TV, computer and FB tho… I agree. Those are big timewasters.

    Glad to see you’re focusing on yourself a bit more. 😉

    Tanias last blog post..Shoulder surgery: Woot!!

  • JamesD

    Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

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