• Closing Out February

    by  • February 21, 2011 • Health • 0 Comments

    It’s almost time to kick February to the curb, and move on into spring!  March is just around the corner, with its madness, green beer, and birthday celebration.  I’ll be 47 years old in just a matter of weeks.  That’s an insane number in my perpetually 29 year-old-mind, but I think 47 may be my best year ever.

    I weighed in at 232lbs this morning, which is well below my goal for the week.  My blood sugar this morning was at 71, which couldn’t be better.  I’ll be getting a walk in very shortly to ensure those pounds keep falling away as quickly as possible, especially early on in my new regime.  It’s bound to get more difficult to lose as I approach my goal, something I’ll counter-act with increased levels of exercise.  But I’m not going to worry too much about it.  Worrying doesn’t burn off any calories.

    As of yesterday, I’ve got about 4.5% of my novel written.  That’s using a very general 100,000 words as a goal length.  The actual length depends more on the story itself.  This is the most I’ve ever written for a long-form project.  Twenty pages of short film script is one thing.  That has a beginning, middle and end.  In my work on The Risk/Reward Matrix, I’ve figured out the basic framework of the story, and am writing front to back at this point.  My focus is on simply getting a first draft done.  It’s like carving a statue out of an enormous block of granite:  Once I get the general shape down, then I can clean up the details and polish the entire work.

    The fun thing has been how exciting the writing itself is turning out to be.  As I noted, I have a general sense of how the story goes, but the writing is like reading for me.  In each moment, there’s some new twist or detail I didn’t know, something to alter or adjust the story in a way I didn’t expect.  I know I’m the writer, but it’s more like channeling an inner Stephen King.

    Of course, I should be working on that instead of writing this.  My goal has been 1,500 words a day.  I’ve found that’s not very hard for me to achieve in a relatively short period of time.  I’m going to try this week bumping that up to 3,000 words, perhaps in two separate sessions during the day.  I’ve always been a fast writer, when I have a clear line on what I’m trying to say.  So maybe I can be more prolific.  And that wouldn’t suck too much.

    So, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a walk and then go to work.  I’ll be back with you later this week.


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.


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