Monday, May 17, 2010

I Have Plenty of Time For Everything...except Myself

Or so it seems these days.

I’ve always been a haphazard kind of guy when it comes to scheduling things. As I’ve said before in this blog, I kind of do things on the fly.

Guess that makes me a pretty fly guy.

Okay, so my humor needs some better timing. Sue me.

When I started with Wicked Writers, I was semi-unemployed. I was writing freelance sports and doing occasional gigs as an extra in movies like Lottery Ticket and Life As We Know It and TV shows, including 187 Detroit.

Then, I got hired by the U.S. Census Bureau and, suddenly, I was back in the 9-to-5 grind (okay, 7:30-to-4) and all my writing time disappeared.

Of course, you’re wondering how I could lose all my time.

Think about it. Getting to work by 7:30 a.m. means getting up no later than 6:30 (6 or 6:15 is better). That means going to bed by 11 p.m. the previous night (or midnight if I want to watch Jay Leno and Headlines).

I’m tired after work and sometimes take a nap before dinner. I make dinner, eat, clean up and, bam, it’s time to prepare for bed.

How’s that for a shi…pload of excuses, CJ?

I guess what I really need is more motivation. I wrote (and rewrote and rewrote and rewrote) Land of the Blind because I was taking the Writer’s Academy with Harley Palmer. Harley really motivated me to make my best efforts (though she doesn’t think she really did anything – talk about modesty). But, I graduated in March and that’s when the lull really set in.

Ironically, I still do freelance sports for, but what does it take for a 400-word article?

So, after peeking at CJ’s blog, I have decided to rededicate myself to my writing. I have started by making time to write down my story ideas again. During breaks and lunch at work. Relaxing by the computer at home. I even carry a notebook with me wherever I go should I come up with an idea or if I think of

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some background for a story.

Maybe I can't be like Western mystery novelist C.J. Box, who writes each morning in Cheyenne, Wyoming and aims for 1000 words a day. I might not achieve the ability to do parts of two or three novels a day like Laurell K. Hamilton. Heck, I might not ever be able to write all day like Stephen King.

It's just important that I write continuously, write faithfully and write well.

For those who have been wondering why I haven’t put anything new on my account, don’t worry. New stuff is coming. But, prepare to be shocked. Because of Harley’s Writer’s Academy, I have to elevate my new stuff to even greater heights.

Wish me luck.

But, do it when I have some free time.


  1. So excited for you Greg! I'll get my pom-poms out and cheer you on! You can do it You can do it Yeah Yeah!

    Even one hour instead of TV three or four nights a week is better than nothing. You're too good to not write, buddy.

  2. Greg, when you have time to read this, great post. I'm excited about your new work and seeing the previous one on the bookshelves soon. Yes, you can do it!

  3. Thanks for the encouragement, although I do have to actually watch some TV for inspiration. I just picked up all 12 episodes of the old serial "Captain Marvel." Should let me do a decent workup of "My Dear, Mister Shane" (think of the Andrews Sisters).