Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Thirty Days of Personal Development

Now Playing: AQUEOUS TRANSMISSION by Incubus
Just Read: HORNS by Joe Hill--A very fun and well-written dark adventure, though I thought the ending was rather curious . . . but no spoilers here, read it for yourself!
Reading Now: A CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. Rowling

I'm back in action today after dedicating my recent off-time to "personal development." That's a way of saying I've have been on almost constant vacation for over a month.

I've been to the lake with my girlfriend, nephew, and brother's family to go water skiing, tubing, and knee boarding. The Fourth of July found me in a muddy park in Augusta, GA, getting soaked and stained red from the damp clay in a spontaneous and torrential downpour (very fun!). The following week I spent in Myrtle Beach, SC, at my annual family reunion with some of the most awesome people in the world: my cousins, aunts, and uncles. Afterwards, I was home for three days of work, then thought, "What the hell?" and caught a plane to London, England, where my friend Nick was . . . . well, not backpacking exactly, but exploring for personal development. Anyway, he was in London for a week, so I decided to head out there and hang out--great decision. First time I'd ever been out of the country, and it was a blast.

Moved out of my apartment and staying with family for now, until my next adventure--hopefully in a month I'll be relocating for work to California. My trusty laptop will be coming with me, and the stories that follow will, hopefully, be many and of high quality.

Somehow, I managed to barely hang on to my W1S1 goal of one story per month by finishing a 2500-word story on July 30. I've been a bit slack on submissions, but hopefully today I'll revamp a few rejections and test some new homes for them.

You're only young for so long, you know? May as well up and go to London when you can.