So the time has finally come. The Holidays are over so that can no longer be my excuse not to write.
I have read not one but two books to polish up on some of my writing skills, and two novels just for the hell of it and to steal some ideas from those who are already published.
On top of all of that, I actually sat through Julie & Julia with my wife tonight which came about in a most humorous fashion. We went out to dinner at a Teppan Grill for a friend's birthday tonight, (grilled scallops with the steamed rice, grilled vegetables, shrimp and a water with lemon, for those who are trying to paint a mental picture.) After that we decided to stop by the Red Box to rent a $1 movie. I made the mistake of letting the boss get out and choose the movie while I stayed in the car to keep an eye on the baby.
Have I learned nothing over the past 11 years? Hangover was the movie we had agreed on, but a plan B was never discussed in the event that Hangover wasn't available.
As it turns out, Hangover was not available and so there we were watching yet another chick flick as a result of my not thinking it through.
I was not aware that it was a movie about writing and getting published, or not getting published and then getting published. I hope I didn't wreck it for you. Anyway, I saw it as an omen and an inspiration to quit coming up with excuses not to write and to just get my ass in gear and do it.
I'm starting to outline exactly how the structure of the book is going to be, giving it a skeleton if you will. Actually having a plan written out is something I am not used to doing. That has never been my style. The guys at work call how we do it cowboy style. we shoot from the hip like gunslingers. We don't need a plan, we just make it happen. For years that has worked, and we're damn good too. But this new endeavor isn't going to work like that. I have to be focused, I have to be structured and stay on course. This is going to be one of the biggest challenges I have ever taken on and I can't wait another minute to get going.