“Good grief, Dave, the first post in 2 months, and you lead with a 20-year-old Eminem reference?”
Shaking the rust off, dude.
“What about all those promises to post reviews of books you read this year, remember that? Regular content, you said. I assume you *have* been reading books. So where are the reviews?”
Yeah, about that…
“You have talked frequently about spending less time on social media and more time ‘creating.’ You even wrote a Medium post about that. And that was it–just talk. Are you still on Twitter and Facebook?”
I deleted the apps off my phone.
“What about the browser? Are you logged in to them on your phone’s browser?”
“Look, man, I don’t mean to come at you so hard, right out of the gate. But you keep telling me that you want to write consistently. You have interesting ideas to explore. You wanted to do a whole series of posts about The Federalist Papers, remember? You wrote 4 or 5 posts before stopping. That was 16 months ago. And it was an interesting idea. You should follow up on that at some point.”
Yeah, I keep thinking about that.
“There are book reviews to write, sermon manuscripts to share, maybe even some short stories or poetry. Remember? You used to write poetry, too.”
That’s true. My wife really enjoys when I write poetry.
“See? All I’m saying is, it may be time to start delivering on the promises and good intentions you’ve been carrying around for all these years. How old are you now, 38?”
I’m 37. Birthday’s in October.
“Okay, then, 37. How about this? We start now with some regular content. Start flexing the ol’ creative muscles. And then we start working on the manuscript to your NaNoWriMo novel, Good Shepherd, and get that baby done before 40 comes around.”
That’s…not a bad idea. I still really like that story.
“You’re right, it’s not a bad idea–it’s a great idea. That story should be told. But we gotta baby-step this one. It starts with writing consistently.”
Okay, I’ll do it. Starting today, I’m gonna–
“STOP. Stop making promises. No more resolutions. Just do it. Don’t tell me about it. Just do it.”
Okay. Today, then.