I'm joining all of the Red Room community in writing a short blog post on this week's topic: "What are your obsessions? Your passions? Your fixations?" This topic comes to us from Red Room Author Joyce Maynard; it's an exercise she does before writing a new book, in order to see what it's really about.
Here are mine:
1. Self-determination about what kind of person to be, regardless of what others around me are doing or saying
2. Having a happy marriage, specifically, being a better husband, and someday a great father
3. Making Red Room a success
4. Rowing, specifically, trying to make the Olympics
5. Politics, Law and History (especially through the lens of biographies)
6. Learning from people with more experience than me
7. The Netherlands (speaking Dutch, living there again someday with my family)
8. Having a dog
9. Being green (walking, riding my bike more, turning the lights off around the house, and cooking fresh vegetables that are grown locally)
10. Strange and different food (I must try them all!)
These themes will wind up showing in my writing. I started a novel last November for National Novel Writing Month, and it was about a group of elderly people who teach the protagonist various life lessons. Several of them. And I’m sure if I ever finish it, the other items on this list will find their way in there, too.