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The Slow Creep of Time

I’ve had to keep learning the same lessons over and over again.

Time will never stop creeping forward. If I let the days go by without any effort to meet my goals, surprise, I will never meet those goals. If I work a little bit each day, then one day I’ll stop and realize that they, I finished that sweater! I finished that story! I can finally do ten pull-ups!

Most of the lessons I fail to learn boil down to that. I am the world’s greatest procrastinator, so it’s a daily struggle with my lazier nature. So I’m hoping with the steady build of new habits, eventually I’ll become the sort of person who writes more words every day, the sort of person who exercises regularly, the kind of person who finishes everything she starts.

If you’re an aspiring writer too, these blog posts have been very inspiring to me recently, both by writers I love and admire. (I highly recommend their novels too).

Rachel Aaron’s Pay Yourself First

Hugh Howey’s  So You Want To Be A Writer

They’re worth a read. And even if you don’t want to write, maybe they’ll still inspire you to go out, kick ass, and take some names in the field of your choice.

Thanks for reading. Peace out ~

Never On A Friday

For those of you living in the future, it’s Friday (woo!)

Soon it will be time to have breakfast and get ready for my day job. But first, I’m making the transition on this site from being a place for announcements – though those will absolutely happen here – and turning it into more of a dialogue between me and anyone who cares to read and engage.

A few years ago, I took a class where one of the assignments was to find out about my family’s superstitions and folklore. It was an interesting assignment, but the thing that stuck with my most was something my youngest aunt told me.

When she was five years old, my grandmother was sick for a while, and all of her older brothers and sisters were pretty much teenagers and adults – so it was just her and Grandpa around the farm. She followed him around as he did his chores, and he would tell her stories. He pointed out fairy rings, and told her some “rules” that he followed. Some of the things came out of the Farmer’s Almanac, I think – for instance whether or not you could plant a potato under a full moon. Details are fuzzy.

But the thing that stuck out the most for me was his rule that you must never start something new on a Friday. If he could, he would wait until Saturday, and spend Friday continuing things he’d already started. Maybe it was a way to make sure he ended the week by finishing things he’d already begun. Maybe it was a superstition passed down from his family. He never really explained to my aunt, and it’s too late to ask him now.

The ‘rule’ stuck with me, and I began to subconsciously follow it. Any new thing I decided to do – whether joining a gym, starting a new good habit, or starting a chore I hate – would have to wait until Saturday, or maybe even Monday. It became a wonderful excuse to procrastinate, without calling it that. But today, in my quest to become a superhero professional writer, I’ve decided to change that. Starting with this post.

No more procrastinating. Not when it comes to this.

Happy Friday. Happy “first” blog post. Here’s to a hopeful new beginning.