Happy weekend everyone! I hope you’re all doing well out there! So as I’m sure you noticed by this title and by the fact that this blog wasn’t posted until Saturday this week instead of Friday afternoon that this blog is a bit late.
(Unless you’re one of those readers who catch up when you can…in which case just sit tight crouching tiger we’ll get to you in a second! Enjoy this very cold pineapple while you wait!)
Now those of you who know me might be sitting there and thinking, “I bet he was procrastinating writing his blog this week and didn’t make the deadline and now he’s just covering his ass with this blog’s theme or my name isn’t Batman!”
…or maybe I’m attempting to talk about one of the greatest tools any writer can use, curiosity. (This is where you come in couching tigers! Hope you enjoyed the pineapple!) Anyone who noticed that the blog was off schedule or thought about the title may have been curious about what this blog would be about, making them want to read on. The need to see where writing is going or what’s going to happen next is what keeps most readers turning the pages. It doesn’t matter if you need to know if the boy in the hospital will get a new heart in time, or if guy working at the gas station will get his head out of his ass and do something about the rich married woman flirting with him every Friday night, or if grandma will drop a pair of aces during the illegal poker game to win and thus get the money she needs to win this year’s Better Homes and Garden’s competition!
My point is this; if you can’t keep your readers wanting to know more, regardless of the reason, then you have some work to do as a writer. (I’m personally always worried about my writing not keeping their curiosity up, so no worries if you’re a writer and suddenly spastically freaking out, we’re in the same boat!)
Now that you’re curiosity is sated, please go and enjoy your weekend….or whatever day of the week it is for you if you’re reading this not on a weekend!
So in case you missed the title of this blog (and are apparently blind) today is my birthday!
That’s right! Today I turn 28 years old. To some that only means that the Earth has gone around the Sun 28 times since I was born. To others it means that I, like a bottle of fine wine or whisky, ONLY GET BETTER WITH AGE!!! The downside is that I have to deal with the fact that it’s been 10 years since I graduated high school…
So on this auspicious occasion, I thought I’d take some time and instead of look at where I’ve been (mostly drunk with good friends) and look at where I’m going (only sometimes drunk with good friends).
Looking ahead I’ll be married to the world’s most wonderful woman a year from September. This is something I never thought would happen and now that it’s happening I can’t speak to the joy she brings me every day (I can speak to the annoyance I bring her every day though…). A few short years after that the man that the world doesn’t know what to do with one of will start to have children. I’ll call them…my Mini Me!
(Cue evil laughter)
From there in my personal life, who knows? There really is no limit to the simple love and joy that can be found in the everyday life of a family. It’s honestly the only goal in my life I ever really thought I’d achieve. But now with the boost that I feel each week from all of you reading I think that maybe…just maybe I can reach my other life dream of being a real honest to God published writer.
My Writing Goals are thus:
- Finish the first draft of my book by the end of 2017.
- Complete editing my book by the end of 2019.
- Find an agent and get my book published by the end of 2021.
There you go! By January 1st, 2022 I’ll be 32 years old and if all goes will I’ll be able to walk into a Barns and Nobel and see my book on a shelf. Now you may be asking yourself, “Batman, why will it take Spencer that long to publish his first book?” Simple answer? Editing takes a LOT of time. Many books are long and I have a feeling mine will be too when it’s finished. Editing something like that doesn’t just happen with a twitch of a nose or the bob of a head; it takes years of work and dedication to making it the best it can be. For me this is important because I think I’ll probably only get one shot to impress an agent, and damn it…I want to make it count.
Now let’s get down to business, to defeat….wait wait wait! It’s my birthday! That can wait for now! I’m off to have some fun!
*gets up and walks out of room*