Finish what you start
I would like the record to show that since my blog post yesterday I have officially added two new projects to my to-do list: a card game based on pro wrestling and a little audio gift for my friend MeganBob. I don't mind mentioning the latter because I'm 90% sure she doesn't read this blog. So yeah... projects.
Anyway, onto another subject, and that's finishing the projects you have. I will admit, my life is filled with a lot of half-completed stories. The Paladin may be the first story of any decent size that I've finished. Not to say I haven't written a bunch of smaller stuff, but my current novel is around 136,000 words and nothing I've typed "The End" after before has ever come close.
I felt no small amount of pride and satisfaction when I first typed those words, too. It was like proving to myself that I could indeed finish a story. Since then I've knocked out the two short stories you can find here on this website, Wolves and Wild Roses and Val's Blog. And you know what? I'm proud of those, too! But if we're looking at sheer statistics, I really don't have a great track record.
I really wanted to get a podcast off the ground a year or so ago, mostly inspired by the great work my friends at Smash Fiction do. I recorded three episodes, but time constraints and getting guest hosts killed that (though I did publish two episodes!) While I guess I did get my pro wrestling group off the ground, I never got some of the bigger aspirations completed with it, like doing Halloween shows or hooking up with another promotion.
So I worry, now, when I look at my to-do list. I'm splitting myself about ten different ways, but I honestly think I can do them all. I'm sure I'll be proven wrong, but it feels like I can do them. So what do you do? Well, to give myself some Alice advice, I suppose I'd start prioritizing. Writing everything down. Measure it out and tackle it chunk by chunk while being careful not to add to the pile. Yeah... that sounds plausible. But like Alice, I give myself very good advice, though I seldom ever follow it.
Be Excellent to each Other.
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