Monday, August 2, 2010
To Write or Not to Write!!!
Chips off the old Block Head!
Whenever I take my kids on vacation to the beach, I'm always reminded of the "Charlie Don't Surf" scene in Apocalypse Now. You know the one where the gung-hoe Robert Duval military character tells the famous-surfer-dude now turned reluctant Army grunt, he can either surf, or he can fight.
The same kind of thing goes though my head when I finally find time to relax. I can either chill out, or continue to work at a frantic pace. And since I write pretty much everyday when I'm not on vacation, it's tough to shift gears and not write a word. Thus the blog you are reading right now!
I do however have several projects I could be working on, not to mention my new novel. But there're also other things that I can't step away from just because I'm soaking up the sun and sand. There's the dreaded Amazon numbers which change every hour (The Remains has been a Hot New Release and a bestseller for more than a month). There's keeping up with my social networks, the emails and calls to the agent for royalty statements and payments. There's movie scout contracts to sign and galley prints to proof. On top of this, is a new digital short to put out on Kindle, plus a new DS to write for my new publisher. After that, I have no less than 36 short pieces to write for my journalism clients including three professional blogs.
Ok, so the point to all this is that the work is always there, calling my name, taunting me. But my kids will not always be here as "kids," so sometimes you just have to forget about that Amazon rating, or reviewing some stupid contract or even working on the new novel. Sometimes you have to step away from the work in order to come back to it. Sometimes you have to thank God for what matter's most.