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Father's Day Is Here

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Growing up.  I was always glad that while Mother's Day happened while school was in session, and Father's Day did not.  I never wanted to talk about my dad.  When asked I would usually go with a lie.  I would say that my dad died before I was born, or something to that affect.  It wasn't even much later that I would actually tell people, that I never really knew my father.

The best representation that I have personally encountered in pop culture, was the Fresh Prince episode, which is now an internet meme.  His dad was a truck driver, which hit home with me.  His dad had abandoned him, as a young kid.  The one major difference, in the show, his father showed back up briefly which gave Will hope that they would become like an actual father and son.  If you're familiar with the episode, it ends with Will crying asking Uncle Phil what his dad didn't want him.

I found the last few minutes of the episode on YouTube.  Here's a clip, if you want to see what I'm ta…

Writing Because I'm a Writer

As you may have noticed, this blog is called "Writing With Jimmy." I am a writer, because I write. I am a blogger, because I blog. Those two things do not define me as a human being. Each of us is multifaceted. We all have varied backgrounds, experiences, interests, knowledge, expertise, beliefs, etc. What do you choose to define who you are?

In college, it seems that the get to know you question is "what's your major?" I had many majors in college. I would really have to stop and think for a while, to determine how many. I had two problems in choosing a major. I was able to do many things, so I had a hard time narrowing my focus. I also felt like I needed to find what vocation, that I felt called to do.

At first, I was an engineering major, I was good and math, and I knew that money could be made there. I quickly realized that I disliked complicated higher-level math courses more than I liked the idea of one day getting the big salary as an enginee…

Will I Plan Next Time?

It is August.  For some the summer is over, I saw that in some areas school started a couple of days ago.  Where I live, August means that the tourist start drying up, and for a couple of weeks this month, not is not much going on here.  This is one of my favorite times in town.  I like less traffic.  I like peace and quiet.  Perhaps it will be easier to find a quiet spot at the coffee shop.

I will continue my novel this month.  I did not write quiet as much as I would have liked last month, but I am happy to report that I wrote 27,444 words.

The last days of the month were challenging for me to write for a couple of reasons.  One was spending hours at the car repair place on three separate occasions and spending way too much money on getting my car repaired.  I also got a new Huion Pad Tablet and have been spending some of my free time drawing with the new tech.  The third was most the most challenging, when it came to writing.

I was on page 61 of my single space word document, and I…

Kingly Writing Help

I’ve heard that “On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft” by Stephen King is a great book about writing. I don’t recall where I first heard about it or who recommended it, but it was probably two years ago that it was first brought to my attention.

This afternoon, I looked it up on Amazon, and it was just a little over six dollars for the paperback.  I ordered a copy.

I assume, that King being such a prolific author for some many years, has lots of advice to offer other writers.  I will soon discover what he recommends.  I’ll most likely write more about the book, once
I have had the chance to read it.

Life Gets in the Way

Yesterday, I had plans to get a quick oil change, before our evening plans.  I had my appointment for 4:30 pm.  I thought I would be done in 45 minutes to an hour.

I noticed the tires were starting to wear some time ago, but i wasn’t expecting to leave the shop with a new set of tires, a new air filter and a new drive belt.  They showed me all the problems, and they were legitimately old tires, belt and filter.

I wasn’t expecting to spend three hours there or to spend hundreds of dollars on repairs, but sometimes the unexpected happens.  You’ve got to deal with it and keep moving forward.

With this delay and few others things that came up yesterday, I didn’t have the time to write.  I did give up or quit.  I got back to my 1,200 Words A Day Challenge today.  My time was not as limited, but I felt like my creativity was today.  I wrote 1,201 words.

Don't Give Up

I think with any challenge, there will come a time when you are unable to complete part of that challenge.  I've challenged myself to write 1200 words a day.  For fifteen days, I wrote at least 1,200 words each day.  On day sixteen, for various reasons, I was not able to write anything.

Does that mean that I will force myself to write 2400 words today?  No, I think that mentally would quickly cause someone to give up a challenge all together.

For me, most days I have written more than the 1,200 words.  After sixteen days, I should have theoretically been at 19,200.  Without writing anything yesterday, I was at 18,935.  I decided that would I catch up partially, in that I would like to reach or exceed the total of 20,400 word for today, which would keep me on track.

By not trying to force myself to write 2,400 words, I ended up writing 1,738 and developed my story further, with some key elements starting to come into focus.

If you don't reach you goal for the day, don't giv…

The Three W’s

If you are going to write, I think you need to figure out what is the most comfortable method, when is the best time for you to write, and where is the most comfortable place or places for you to write.
If you like to write with a pen a paper, and then later transfer to your computer.  Great, do it that way.  Figure out what works best you. I seem to write more easily on my iPad with an Bluetooth keyboard than on my computer.  I find that interesting.
If you don’t have a lot of free time, the “best time” might not always work out.  The best time for you might be 10 am, but if you’re working in the morning like most people, that isn’t an option.  I seem to have an easier time writing around 10 pm, verses the afternoon or earlier in the evening.
You might get more work done away from home and some of the distractions there, or you might find a public place totally distracting.  I like to write at the local coffee shop, but I seem to get the most writing done at home, in a comfortable ch…