Feed The Engine

Feed The Engine

Over the past twelve months, my writing has diminished, and I wasn’t sure why.

When I moved last year it threw all my habits into a tailspin.  I started working from home, which at first I thought would really increase the amount of time I spent writing.  But over the months my writing time became less and less.  I tried very hard to at least maintain my habit of reading my Bible every morning but even that decreased.

Working from my home no longer required me to get up two hours prior to my start time.  When I commuted to my job I had to get up, use the toilet, shower, shave, decide on my attire for the day, get dressed, eat breakfast, bring in the newspaper, and some days I had to shovel snow and scrape ice off my car.

Now if I want to start work at 7:00 AM I can lay in bed until 6:50 AM, which leaves me enough time to use the toilet and get a cup of coffee and voila, I’m at work. Continue reading

That Is Why I Blog

That Is Why I Blog

A number of my posts begin with a Bible verse or verses.  I didn’t start out blogging with the intent of writing about what I have been learning each time I read through the Bible but I find it interesting and I’ve discovered a new passion about it.

For most of my posts I write my first draft by hand in my journals, which are the standard college composition books you find at the grocery store.

When I’m writing about a Bible verse I write it out by hand even though I could just make a note to copy and paste the verse when it’s time to make the post digital.  Writing it out by hand serves two purposes. Continue reading

How Can You Create……

How Can You Create……

How do you take care of all the stuff going on in your life and still have time to clear your head and create?

Some days I have trouble sitting down to write.

Normally I do my writing over my lunch hour at work.  It’s one of the few times I am left alone.

But some days all the cares and issues in my life spill over into that time. I tell myself “You can’t write, you have too much going on.  You’ll never clear you head.” Continue reading

Teaching Myself

Teaching Myself

Sometimes I ask myself, “Why do I write this blog?”

I know that I am hell bent on trying to see this thing through, whatever that means.  I’m trying to improve it, make it better, improve my writing and stay honest.  I’m not writing to sell something.

I figure if I keep working on it at some point I’ll have something that will be of value to someone and help others.

I also write for the same reason a lot of other people write, it’s very cathartic for me. Continue reading

My Writing Habits III, Holes And Spaces

My Writing Habits III, Holes And Spaces

This is the final piece in my short series of posts about my writing habits or better yet the loss of my writing habits.  The previous two posts were originally drafted back in September of 2016 shortly after I had made the move from Pennsylvania to Florida.  This piece I drafted, edited and posted today.

How far have I come along with my new writing habits?  Well, not as much as I would like, that’s for sure.

Looking back at my composition books and reviewing the dates that I have been writing, I can see just how much my writing has slowed down.  At one point over the past six months I went an entire month without writing a single new post.

Prior to my move in September of 2016 it would take me a little under three months to fill up all 200 pages of my composition book.  And I would have the front and back crammed with notes of new ideas.

The last composition book that I filled with posts took me eight months.  Reviewing my current book, it looks like I am back to writing something at least once a week.  I use to write something at least every working day, 5 days a week.

Honestly, right now, I have to force myself to write. Continue reading

My Writing Habits II

My Writing Habits II

Here’s another in a short series of post about my writing habits and how they have been affected by my life changes.  I wrote these pieces about eight months ago.  This post was originally added to my composition book on September 21, 2016.

I have sold just about everything I owned and picked up the rest and moved 900 miles south to warm and sunny Florida.

Me, who is so entrenched in twenty five years of habits and routines, who finds such comfort in habits and routines, has taken them and tossed them aside.

It can be very disconcerting.

I don’t feel lost.  I don’t feel anxious.  I just feel like I am taking some time away from the habits and routines knowing that new ones will take their place.

But I am concerned about my writing habits. Continue reading

My Writing Habits

My Writing Habits

I thought I would post a couple of pieces I have written in regards to the changes that happened in my life over the past year and how it has affected my writing habits.  These are some posts that I put off dealing with because at the time I thought I was dwelling too much on my writing habits and the fact that I have lost them.

Today’s post goes back to September 16, 2016, a little less than two weeks after moving from Pennsylvania to Florida.

Well it’s been another week since I have sat down with my composition book and written anything.

The move has taken its toll, both mentally and physically.  My habits have been blown out the window and now I must begin to work on re-establishing them.

Prior to me making this move I was in the habit of writing during my lunch hour at the office.  Not that I am working from home that habit is gone. Continue reading