Stated Goals

1. I’m currently having my blog redesigned. My posting may be erratic until then (as if it wasn’t already). My goal is to create a new environment.

2. The reflection of my days will no longer be concerned with answering the question, “What did I accomplish today?” and instead will focus on how action-oriented I was. Research, for example, is an action and not an accomplishment.

3. I’m writing a book that is proving very difficult for me. My goal is to have a rough draft in about two months time.

4. Each morning, I will pretend that I slept the night before and proceed accordingly.

5. Exercise is always a goal. I will continue to exercise seven days a week, without exception. That has nothing to do with anything here, except that it helps keep my brain alert.

6. These are my personal goals, not my familial ones. Please don’t confuse the two. No, that isn’t a goal, but an explanation.

7. This one is related to goal one. Here are the subjects I will focus on in the future of this blog: History, Philosophy, Science, Christianity. I will no longer write fiction or memoirs here because I plan to publish them and sell them, not give them away for free.

8. I don’t currently have a comment or discussion policy because I don’t get a lot of discussion. But if and when I do, I still won’t have one. I disdain people who can’t take dissent.

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  1. Jill says: “3. I’m writing a book that is proving very difficult for me. My goal is to have a rough draft in about two months time. “
    This is only my view so take it for what it’s worth. For me this would be the exact wrong thing to do. I cannot think under rigid time constraints. That deadline would find me staring at either an empty word doc or hurried quality material produced in the service of the deadline and not the work itself. Just me.

    Jill says: “4. Each morning, I will pretend that I slept the night before and proceed accordingly.”
    This will not last my friend. You may, like myself, require far less than most folks, but there is a certain amount of sleep you must have to think and function at the Lord’s best for you. As you approach middle age, this will not be as easily ignored as in years gone by. I’m not sure what the solution is, but I’m praying that God brings it to you soon.

    Jill says: “I will no longer write fiction or memoirs here because I plan to publish them and sell them, not give them away for free.”
    I’m curious what motivated this now?

  2. “I’m curious what motivated this now?” I meant to answer this question a while back. I have a lot of stories, and the best thing to do with them is to edit, compile, and publish them. It’s another avenue for sales. Self-pubbers do better if they’re selling multiple books rather than just one. As far as the memoirs, I’ve been in contact with a photographer friend of mine from the Pac NW, and we’re going to work on a book of coffee anecdotes with classy photographs of coffee shops to go along with it.

  3. Jill quotes me as saying “I’m curious what motivated this now?”
    And then responds with
    I meant to answer this question a while back. I have a lot of stories, and the best thing to do with them is to edit, compile, and publish them. It’s another avenue for sales. Self-pubbers do better if they’re selling multiple books rather than just one.
    What is your primary goal in being a writer? What is it you most wish to accomplish?

    As far as the memoirs, I’ve been in contact with a photographer friend of mine from the Pac NW, and we’re going to work on a book of coffee anecdotes with classy photographs of coffee shops to go along with it.
    I might sound really ignorant, but what is a coffee anecdote? Like a story of something that’s happened or a conversation over a cup of coffee?

    Somehow I think I understand the concept of the book overall though. Do you plan to travel to various cities to visit celebrated coffee shops?

    1. My goal as a writer is to have readers and, consequently, to have people who are willing to pay for what I’ve written. I want to make money. I’ve been writing and editing more or less for free for 20 years. I don’t want to do it any longer. I want to work off the assumption that what I do has value.

        1. Most people like to be paid for what they do. I’m not an exception. Conversely, a customer’s willingness to pay a price for a good is the literal meaning of appreciation.

            1. Do you like working for free? I choose to–at times. I choose to write free articles for people or edit work without getting paid, but those jobs should be the exception, not the rule. My work merits pay. The word “appreciate” literally means to put a price on. So when people pay for my work, they are literally–by the very nature of the word–appreciating my work.

  4. It was an innocent question : ) I wasn’t implying you should work for free. Nor was I implying that your work did not merit pay. I was simply seeking clarification that you are measuring how much you are appreciated by whether folks will part with some green in order to have access to what you produce. I was. And would be again. A very legitimate measure of appreciation indeed. A workmen (or woman) is worthy of their hire.

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