The first thing I remember writing, at age 7 or 8, was an illustrated and very short story about a kid who became a hero by running somewhere quickly in his P F Flyers. They were the mid-1960’s equivalent of Air Jordans, and were advertised during Johnny Quest on Saturday mornings. Red Ball Jets were their big competition.
I kept a diary for awhile in early high school, wrote for the school paper and some satire for “Labyrinth,” a magazine we occasionally printed. Channeling my geeky interest in presidential history, I wrote a 56 verse poem that appeared in the 1976 Bicentennial edition of my hometown newspaper, the Independence Bulletin-Journal. We were halfway through the Gerald Ford presidency.
I’ve scribbled on envelopes and notepads, spirals and legal pads and leather journals. Typed stuff on a half-dozen different computers we’ve owned. Had freelance articles published in several magazines and a couple newspapers.
For a couple years, I had a blog called Iowa Seer. And in November 2013, I enrolled in a “30 Day Challenge” project, launching a blog entitled Godservations. The intentions were good to continue posting. But Christmas came and I started a new job in January and the blog got mothballed, even though my writing continued.
For 2015, Godservations re-launches.
A goal I’ve had for a long time is to get a book published. But my brain has traditionally been too scattered to actually figure out and implement a plan to get that done. Narrowing down my five book ideas to just one has been a handy delaying technique, too.
But I’ve been called out. Reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield will do that. He names the obstacle demons that prevent us from creating. It’s profound stuff.
And I’ve been reading many other blogs, leading me to realize not every entry has to be truly profound or even original or 800 words. Short is good—as long as it’s good (no pun intended).
Finally, my intention this year is put wheels on my vision. If God’s plan for me in 2015 is to get a book published–then I need to write, edit, post, revise, and repeat. Through that process, hopefully the discipline will evolve to take things where they are destined to go.
Thanks for reading!