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Personal note: Time to get serious about writing goals


This is sort of a personal note, based on a milestone in my life this last week. I was reminded again that it’s time to quit procrastinating and get more serious about the writing goals I’ve had in my life. You might say my “biological clock” is ticking (do men really even have those biological clocks??) — I went online this week and applied for Social Security Retirement Benefits.

Yikes! I’m getting old!

This is the part where I frown and look around the room at all you young people out there and say things like, “Lads, don’t let this happen to you; do as I say, not as I do,” or something like that. You see, for more than 40 years (yes, that long), I have simply assumed that I would write and sell novels for a living when I grow up. If someone had said to me when I was a teenager the other day, “Gary, what do you plan to be when you grow up?” I would have said, “Well, I really hope I can be a full-time writer. I’d love to write and sell some novels.”

Then life seemed to crowd into the picture one day at a time and the next thing I knew, I found myself looking around and realized, I HAVE grown up. But I haven’t yet finished any of those novels. So, maybe now that I’ll soon (in three or four months) be getting a bit of income to stabilize our topsy turvy finances, maybe now I can dust off those novels I’ve started and …

Aw, who am I kidding? I might as well try to control my eating/overeating habits with an appetite suppressant as to buy into the myth that having a little more income will now free up time and motivate me to finish a novel.

On the other hand, some of those appetite suppressants do work, don’t they? Maybe if I try just a little harder on those novels this time …

“Kids, pay attention to this now. Do as I say and not as I do. Set those writing goals. Start those novels. Enter those contests. Get out there and hustle around for those writing jobs. Don’t waste your life procrastinating like me.”