We live in a time where reality stars are made famous for drinking and getting in fights at the Jersey Shore or being in high school and pregnant. Seeing these people get scooped up from obscurity is enough to get you frustrated – at least enough to get me frustrated. I know how hard I’ve worked to get to where I am – high school, good grades, college, more good grades, blah blah blah. I know I shouldn’t feel entitled, but where’s my piece of the pie?
It’s with that attitude that I became bitter and even a bit cynical. It was that bitterness and cynicism that caused me to stall my writing. Well, there are other reasons as well (which I’ll get into in future blogs), but I was pretty angry to see people like Snooki and Lauren Conrad get book deals. It really takes a lot out of me and I just get angry.
I need to really stop thinking about what I can’t control and I can’t control the media. What I can control is writing. I may not ever get published, but I’ll never get published if I don’t write.
Which brings me to my brother-in-law. I have plenty of stories about my wife to tell when it comes to the support she offers me, but this post is about my brother-in-law. If you know me, you’ll know I spend a fair amount of time on Facebook. One would say that the time spent on Facebook could be better served writing, and that’s exactly what my brother-in-law thought. On April 10th, he threw the gauntlet down and I accepted. His challenge was to stay off Facebook until I finish a first draft. I have accepted and I haven’t been on Facebook since.
These blogs are auto-posted on my Facebook account, so that’s why you’ve seen me lately. Since Facebook allows commenting from e-mails, if you respond to these posts, I’ll see your comments. My brother-in-law has allowed me to respond to the comments, so that is the only way you’ll see my on Facebook until the first draft is complete.
Okay…now back to the writing (and the blogging about writing – which, at this point, I’m doing a bit more of).