Notes from 20 years of life online #52essays2017

"Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days." -Flannery O'Connor
It's 2017, 20 years since I graduated from high school this June. A lifetime achievement, perhaps, or just another one of time's mile markers, depending on your outlook. So I guess this is an appropriate time to look back on my youth, since I was just added to a Facebook group of the folks I graduated with, back in 1997. The ones that are still with us, anyway. I know at least two of my Continue Reading...

Let’s get accountable! #2017goals

It's the end of the first week of 2017, and I think that a good way to stick with my writing goals for the year is by posting a short accountability post every Saturday morning. In these posts, I'll be reviewing my word counts for the week, my goals set and met or missed, and posting new goals for the week to come. This is one of the exercises I'm trying to get my local Writing Accountability Continue Reading...

Return of the Accountability Group! #2017goals

It's the first Friday of 2017, which means it's time for my Writing Accountability Group to meet again. And if you live in the San Diego area, you may be interested in joining us. Here's the dealio: Need some accountability for your writing goals in 2017? Join the San Diego Writing Accountability Group for bi-weekly meetings and give your year some structure! We meet every other Friday at Continue Reading...

Create challenges, not resolutions #52essays2017

There's something so exciting and inspiring about a new year. Even though, technically, time is just an illusion that we've all agreed to participate in, these arbitrary designations do hold meaning. And after a crazy year like 2016, where it seemed one of my childhood (or young adult) idols died every other week, it's nice to finally have that fresh start. I mean, seriously, can everybody Continue Reading...

Out with the old: Reflections on 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, and thoughts of New Year's Resolutions begin to fill my head, I thought I'd take a look back on some of my accomplishments from the past year. Here are some fun stats from 2016... Personal Bests by Word Count in 2016 (By Month) [author_list style="star"] January 19 - 1,236 words, with 14,665 words total for the month February 13 - 1,414; 17,546/month Continue Reading...