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I haven’t written the last two mornings, and its hard to pinpoint why. I allow myself distractions, and I know once the distractions begin that they don’t end during the time I have. The next piece I will be working on is about my childhood. It’s a submission to an anthology about children raised by alcoholics. I think I will focus on the subject of “responsibility”. Ironic I suppose since I’ve been avoiding my self responsibility of writing. When I don’t write, I only upset myself…no one else really minds. So I find it a difficulty to keep to this responsibility. Its hard to believe that it is a *real* responsibility. However, it is the career I hope that someday can sustain me. If I view it as the ticket out of my current boredom why do I avoid it?

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I’m here because I want a venue to focus on my life as a writer. While I
update a personal blog about our life and garden there is not one that
documents this part time focus in my life.

I hope it will not always be part time. I would like this to be the
focus of my paid life.

So where have I gotten so far? I completed a novel several years ago.
Gazing at Grace was written in the aftermath of my semester in Mexico.
At its heart it is a coming of age/coming out story. A colleague of my
wife’s has offered to be a “first reader” for it, and I will be
interested in what she has to say. Friends and a professional editor
have been its only overseers to this point.

A blog has been ruminating for some time. I’ve been writing a host of
essays and submitting to various contests, magazines, and journals. An
essay “A Real Thanksgiving” will be published in an anthology called
Thanksgiving Tales this fall. I find tracking my own progress to be a
helpful motivator in the often isolated world of a writer.

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