Dream Chapters

Long Time No See

Momentum is easy to carry and easy to lose. You may drop it from time to time, but you can always pick it back up!

I came in hot with my writing “career.” Well, the hopeful start to it anyway. Unfortunately I’ve been M.I.A for about three weeks from writing anything. Obviously not going to fly for someone trying to have an answer when asked “what do you do for a living?” I’ve just been busy, which I know is an excuse. I’ve had a lot going on and I’ve prioritized getting everything else done. I ended up putting my writing productivity on the back burner.

Obviously not going to fly for someone trying to have an answer when asked “what do you do for a living?”

Didn’t I just say that?..

It’s time for me to reprioritize my dreams. If you read one of my last posts Hey Anxiety Nice To Meet You I talked about some of the stresses that I had going on. I had moved into an apartment after selling my home. Three months later my girlfriend and I agreed that it would be better for our relationship, kids, and wallets for me to move into her house. We both had two fully furnished homes so not just did I have to pack my apartment, but we had to make decisions on everything. We had to combine, so we had to look at everything and decide what stays and what goes.

As my move is underway, my parents are also in the middle of a move. They need my help and I need to help them. My son has to be home schooled due to Covid. I’m obviously the one at home so it only makes sense that I do his schooling. My girl works six days a week, and till late. I need to pick up our daughter from daycare when home schooling is done. Add on all the other daily bullshit and I had a full plate, but I also had to work!

Everything is finally settling down. The move was the biggest thing for me as I just wanted to get it done so bad. It was hard for me to even think about writing when I knew that I had so much work to do. The move isn’t completely done yet, but I’m damn close. Just a few things to grab and I’ve got plenty of time before it has to be officially 100% done.

I’m still doing home schooling, but it’s been long enough into the school year that my son is able to practically do things on his own. He’s navigating through his assignments and school criteria with ease. I still have to help occasionally or get behind the camera if the teacher asks the kids to “go grab their grownups,” but that isn’t a big deal. My parents have finished the first stages of their move and as far as all of the “other daily bullshit” I think I called it, it’s manageable.

Except for the goddamn leaves….

If you know you know…

It really is time for me to lock things back down. I need to continue diligently looking for writing work. And I need to bulk profiles on sites like Writers Work to put myself in a position to market myself for jobs on writing platforms. Writing jobs for me are few and far between at this point. My resume doesn’t exactly scream, “Hire and trust me for writing work.” I mean look at all of my accolades, education, and experience in the field……….. Isn’t Sarcasm nifty?

When looking for jobs I need to be given the opportunity to sell myself. That I can do! If what’s asked for when applying for a writing gig is an application and that all pre requisites are met. I’ll surely be overlooked. That’s the reason I need to remain on the top of my game in looking for jobs and staying up to date on job posting when they arise. If I find a job posting that is asking for samples of my work and a cover letter, or an explanation of why I’m fit for the job, I’ll at least get a shot. I’m the first to admit that I don’t have the background, but I could damn well assure anyone willing to listen that I’m the right person for the job. All I need is to be heard out.

The most important thing for me to do, or any writer in ANY stage of their journey is simple….. Just keep writing. I’ve missed a step in this with everything going on, but I know that the basics are the most important.

If you want to be a writer, you better write. It doesn’t matter if anyone is reading or even cares. You better write!

It only takes one good day, and that’s true! I’ve heard people say that motivation is bullshit, it’s momentum that you need. I’m not going to say that motivation is bullshit because I love being motivated and it gives me a hell of a boost, but it surely can fade. You watch a Les Brown or Jim Rohn seminar on youtube before you go to bed and you’re ready to change your life! Then you wake up in the morning and you’re ready to push the snooze button…

The thing about momentum is you only need one day, or one yes, even one step to get you going in the direction you need to be headed. When you take that first step you want immediately after to take the second. You keep going and before you know it you’ve taken ten steps, but you can’t take that tenth step without taking the first. Once you get going you’ve got to maintain a routine and a high level of discipline.

It’s easy to get discouraged by getting told no. It’s easy to get distracted and head off course by a rough day. This is what happened to me. I had so much going on in my life and began struggling with the stresses of it all and got off course. Everything has settled down and I’m on step two of my “reboot” we’ll call it. Yesterday I sat at my computer and looked through new job listings for writers. After a few hours of that it was time to start writing again. I started this article that you’re reading now. When I woke up this morning I was excited to get back on the computer and finish what I started! I took step two and I couldn’t be happier, now I look forward to tomorrow and taking that third step.

Momentum is easy to carry and easy to lose. You may drop it from time to time, but you can always pick it back up!


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