I hope that your end of year celebrations went well. The good lady wife, (TGLW), and I decided to forgo all large organised events with groups of friends. Instead we took ourselves down to our local watering hole, ‘The Smith’, where we had a fine time seated at the bar nicely looked after by the staff that we know well. However, yours truly made the dreadful rookie mistake of consuming all three alcohol groups in the one sitting – beer, wine, and spirits, and I paid the price for it somewhat the following day.
And on to the new year. TGLW and I came home from holiday last week, well rested and refreshed, and with clear minds. Having a clear mind is one of the major boons from a decent holiday, and it was our first real time away in three years. The past three years have been spent on a wide range of projects, which included moving to Melbourne and establishing ourselves here, as well as finishing the book and getting it out there. We have been running around like a pair of crazies for three years, operating with an absence of clear minds. So we have made some decisions with our rediscovered clarity.
I believe in getting things done. These are not resolutions, they are firm plans. As Mike Cernovich says, the terms, ‘I want’ and ‘I’d like to’ are a nice way of deluding yourself into thinking that you’re getting things done. Much better to go with the infinitely more powerful, ‘I will’. Now I can’t tell you the major things that we have decided yet as they are of a private nature. But the one that I can reveal is my plan for my next book.
It will be out this year. I’m gunning for September.
My first book took me a lot longer than that to get done but there are a few reasons why this next book will be quicker off the mark. Firstly, I know that I can do it now. That’s pretty powerful stuff. A lot of the time I spent writing was grappling with the doubts that plagued my mind. You don’t know if you’re truly capable of something until you finally get it done and writing is huge on the scale of not having any feedback loop during the entire process.
I also have a good stack of material that I wrote some time ago that will be the backbone of this book. A lot of it is rubbish, but there is a great deal of valuable stuff there that is going to be incorporated into the next book. In fact, I have already started writing it and it’s coming along nicely. At this stage it is going to focus on one rafting season in Italy, although I will be incorporating events that occurred over a few different seasons. I am not interested in an accurate chronological series of events, but more an entertaining story with an underlining message. It remains to be seen how it progresses, but I have the basic arc laid out and the first chapter is almost done.
One thing I learnt last year is that you cannot write a single book and think that you will have a path to success. It is an ongoing project. I have another idea as well that has been simmering away for some time, and I’m working on that in little bursts when I finish tapping the inspiration well for the main project on any given day. Just a few hand written notes here and there, but the theme is interesting. And as opposed to my non-fiction, this book will be a novel.
So there you have it. I will be posting regular updates to plot my progress and I will have a much better launch organised this time as well, which is something else that I learnt in last year. 2015 was a great year for me with a huge personal milestone reached. But 2016 is about following up on that momentum and the time to start is now.