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Writing Excuses

no excuses

What do you do when you run out of excuses?

I want to be a writer but…

There are so many reasons not to write. Time, money, distractions and hundreds of other minor procrastinations keep us from doing what we want to do. Or do we? I’m talking about me here. I don’t know about you. These reasons not to write are not right.

Nothing but myself is stopping me. Oh yes, there will be sacrifices. There will be problems and conflicts and all that shit. If I want to write, then I should write and accept the consequences.

For me though, I need a plan. I need to know there will be an outcome. Doesn’t matter if that outcome is good or bad, but there must be a goal.

Here I get into a sticky bit. I’m learning that I should never talk about my work in progress (WIP), because it is always changing and people think I lied to them when I told them about three revisions ago. So no details.

However, thinking this all through has given me a plan, not only for this project, but for the next few as well. This is good. Now I just have to internally justify spending more time on writing.

In the last month I’ve gone from half an hour to a full hour. Now it’s time to add another half hour, but what do i give up? I do many things during the day that I don’t “need” to do, but enjoy.

Maybe I could do what I do but cut out five minutes here and there. That sounds so easy and logical. Of course I don’t believe any of it. To my detriment, I’m a list maker. If I’m going to add to my writing time, piecemeal just won’t do.

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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: December 26, 2018

I got a scholarship

I seriously didn’t think I’d get this scholarship. I start online class on Monday. Thank you Google and Udacity.

Most of you have heard of Google. Udacity is an online learning site that offers free courses and low-cost nano-degress in a wide variety of technology topics. I’ve already taken several very useful classes. If you’re a geek looking to learn a new language or technology you should check it out.

google/udacity scholarship

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Tags: ,,, | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: January 12, 2018

Tom Week – Goals and Stuff

holiday goals

Cycling Goals

750 miles for the year. Did it, almost. 4 miles short. My original goal was 1000 miles but family issues, bad air and rain forced me to cut back on the riding. Hoping to make it to 1000 again 2018.

Weight Goals

So very close. 196 pounds. One pound over my 195 goal. Close enough. I should be proud of anything under 200.

Writing Goals

The goal of writing a 100 word story every week got sidetracked for pretty much the same reasons as my cycling goals. Though here in the last few days of the year I have gotten a boost of writing energy.

Random Thoughts

The Brainwash is gone. Where will comedians go for disinterested hipster audiences now?

The next person who calls me Ned Flanders is going to get a long lecture on Jesus.

If I had a hammer, this bench wouldn’t be so wobbly.

I aspire to write super novas. What I actually write are truffles. Maybe that’s enough.

The barriers are my own. I can destroy them. I can be free. If only I had the guts.

New Year’s Eve

Sitting at home, writing this. Can’t muster the energy to even go out and bring home a couple of beers. Overwhelmed by social anxiety. I was doing so well but the holidays have taken their toll. Something to work on in the new year.

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Tags: ,, | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: January 2, 2018

Tom Week – Learning, writing and bad movies

learning and writing

Learning and writing

I just completed a couple of high-end programming courses online. I enjoy programming but it doesn’t have the emotional component for me that writing has. So I’m not starting any new computer courses while I concentrate more on my writing.

Trip to the Vet

Follow-up with TJ’s heart and kidney problems. We’ll get the bloodwork report on Monday. He doesn’t seem to be in any pain and he’s actually eating a little better.

Owning the to-do list

Same days are just better than others. Today I completed more tasks than in the past several days combined. Fixed the loose screw on the front door; Backed-up my computers; Soldered Tonya’s shaky thing. The inner critic I call Manly Man is quite pleased with me.


A movie just as bad as you think it would be. No better, no worse. The title explains it all. Some good one-liners and so many plot holes that they almost take on the role of a character. The vampire motorcycle effect are wondrous. To call them “special effects” would be a gross exaggeration.

The highlight of the movie, in the part of the priest who tries to exercise the vampire from the motorcycle, is Anthony Daniels. Yes, that Anthony Daniels. (If you don’t know who Anthony Daniels is you lose all your geek points.)

Random Thoughts

Today in Golden Gate Park I saw a man with a whip on his hip building a cross made of cardboard tubes.

It is no coincidence that whiskey rhymes with risky.

I’ve come to realize that I am a guilt-based life form.

The Kit Kat bars remain untreated.

My laptop needs more stickers. Somebody send me stickers. Weird ones.

After an evening of soul-scraping all I have produced is an Emo Phillips fan fiction haiku.

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Tags: ,, | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: November 14, 2017


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