Hi, this is Chuck. It’s been too long since you’ve heard from me.
I wish I could give you a good excuse for my absence. I can give plenty of excuses, but none qualify as “good.”
The reality is … I’ve tried to get my fledgling freelance career going and I’ve made some inroads. But the longer I avoided writing for myself, the more my wheels have been spinning on other fronts. I really, really need to be writing for me – and, in turn, for those of you who know me. Granted, writing for free does not help pay the mortgage, but it greatly helps getting the creative thoughts going.
I need to be writing more … and I need to be doing it every day.
So for the first time ever, I’ve actually made a New Year’s resolution. I need to write (at least) 500 words every day. There … I’ve typed it. Those words don’t necessarily have to be for this site, but I need to be writing and thinking and percolating every day. It’s OK if I just want to ramble every now-and-then to say “Hi” to all of you. Those 500 words have to come out of my fingers and brain every day.
Why the public resolution? If I want to write 500 words a day and don’t tell anyone, than I’m only accountable to myself. Sadly, I’ve figured out that self-accountability doesn’t work for me. I need to be accountable to others. Working out of the house isn’t the same as being in an office setting. By putting it in writing, now my family can ask “Did you write your 500 words today?” – so I better have already done that.
I’ll try to write as many baseball-related stories for this site as possible; let’s face it, that was my life for 25 years. But I will permit myself to veer in different directions about other musings on my mind as long as the sentences and paragraphs kinda/sorta run together.
What I learned in 2016 is that I can write. But we all know that was part of my background. What I didn’t grasp is that people actually read my writing. It’s easy to forget that the life I led was on the charmed side – and I can place myself in positions most people can only dream of.
That said, thanks to freelancing, I also had the opportunity to interview people for the various stories I’ve written over the last six-plus months. I got to share their stories – and that’s very exciting to me. So I will be doing a better job of blending my stories and their stories to get back to doing what I need to be doing. It’s sort of like riding a bicycle; I momentarily fell off – but now I’m getting back up and riding again. Anyone can do something the first time. But can you repeat? I can get back up. I know I can do this.
497 … 498 … 499 …
500. OK, that felt good. Real good.
I have to be accountable to myself and my family, but I consider you part of my accountability group, too. I’m writing for me AND you. Keep me honest. And don’t be afraid to shoot me suggestions.
Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2017! Talk to you tomorrow.