When I told my cousin Larry on the phone this morning that I plan to retire on May 1 he asked what I plan to do. Without a second of hesitation, I said I'm going to write a novel. And, with my official retirement from my very deadline and stress oriented day job I will have no more excuses. I don't even consider traveling an excuse because I always travel with my almost paper-thin lightweight Mac Air computer.
And, as I begin to free myself from the demands of my corporate world, I find that my novel idea comes more and more into focus. I've told the story idea to a couple of people lately - in fact, in quite a bit of detail. And whether or not that's considered a good thing by the writing community, it helps me solidify the idea in my mind. I've also spent a few hours this week writing another scene - the first since I completed Jessica Barksdale Inclan's Writing the First Novel workshop the first weekend in February.
So, I have no worries that I'll have nothing to do when I retire. I know this project will take time, but I'll have nothing but that come May 1. I'm really looking forward to it.
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