Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Behold! I Write with Words and Such

Writing HardSo what have I been doing since August 31st? I've been thinking a lot about what worked and what didn't work for me with my last gig. ADHD occasionally wreaked havoc. Depression reared its mangy head from time to time, but over all my insomnia, health, and tic disorder where the most debilitating. I couldn't do anything about the tic disorder, but I could do something about the other two.

For the past three weeks I've been on a diet of discarded sunflower seeds and distilled water. Yummy!

OK, I'm kidding. For the past three weeks I've been following the Forever Fit plan, and I've lost about 16lbs. My goal is to get down to 225lbs by the end of September—only 9.4lbs away. Already I am healthier. I biked 30 miles last week and I'm eating better. In fact, one interesting side-effect of eating every three hours as the diet calls for is that I've reduced my ticking. The diet is heavy on protein, which I already knew helped abate my ticking episodes, but frequent eating as a tool is a very key discovery for me.

My insomnia, however, is a complete mess. Imagine throwing red punch with banana chunks at a fan and you can imagine how well I'm getting on. The upside, however, is that I'm writing again. In fact, I conceived and finished a new picture book in the wee hours of the morning called "Beware the Gobbler" that I am quite proud of. I spent the next two weeks polishing it and now an author friend of mine is looking it over. I will start mailing it out as soon as he gets back to me with his feedback.

I've also been studying the science fiction and fantasy markets for short stories and I have an idea or two I'd like to bring to life. In the meantime, I will be writing my "Sneakers" story in earnest starting today. That was the chapter book that became a novel. My goal is to have it finished by October 30th.

So I'm busy, busy, busy, and I'm happy. My ADHD isn't too annoying. In fact, it was the spark that created "Beware the Gobbler", and my ticking hasn't impeded my progress either. Ending my gig over at HealthyPlace.com was a good move.


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