The winner of my birthday giveaway is Andrew Leon! I was born at 1:32 PM - Andrew's guess was closest at 1:00 PM. Congratulations, sir! Please email me here with the email address you'd like me to send your prize to. Thank you everyone for your participation and warm birthday wishes! I now have the courage to face another 30 years. :)
And do I really come off as a morning person? Interesting ...
You guys are probably tired of me talking about birthdays (there's just so many of them in October, it's leafy!), so I hope you don't mind me mentioning it once more. You see, I made a promise five years ago - an important promise. Unless I land a deal or an agent by the time I'm 30, I'll put writing aside and get a real job (following in the footsteps of similar promises made by Dean Koontz and James Dasher, my writing heroes). I've encountered many who have done this after a few years of giving it their all, so I figured, hey, I can do this! I'll write that post that every author wants to write in no time!
Well ... this is the post that I never wanted to write ...
30 is here. My family is growing. My paycheck isn't. It's time to follow through with that promise. Now before I go on, please note that I'm not complaining. All I'm saying is not every dream or goal is going to happen, no matter how much you sing that Disney Cinderella song. That's the truth, and it doesn't do anyone any good to raise a stink when things don't go as planned or go the way we want them to.
Isn't that exactly what you're doing?
Yes. No. Maybe so ...
This doesn't mean my writing pursuits are going to stop. It means I won't be able to dedicate the time I would like, and if plan B goes into fruition, I might move close to the east coast (that's where the jobs are if I pass a certain certification process). Like Mr. Darling of Peter Pan, a few dreams will be filed away in the tight spaces of my desk drawers. I made a promise. What would I be if I didn't keep them?
But you know what? That's okay. I don't need to follow in the footsteps of or be the next Dean Koontz or James Dashner - I want to be the next David Powers King! This journey is my own. Not every path is the same. Some are rockier than others. And when you've come this close, it's amazing the support that springs from the woodwork. As my wife said last night, I am so close that I would be an idiot for giving up now (that's not how she said it exactly, but I may have heard it that way). Since I have to study for a year for this test anyway, she told me to give this writing dream another year.
That was her birthday present to me.
Best. Birthday. Present. Ever!
I take it back - this is the post I've always wanted to write.
This is not the rule, just my thoughts on the matter. It's important to make goals and promises, but we have to be ready for promises that collide with our goals. The point is being flexible. The world is not going to end if the goal can't be reached the way we want them to. It just needs to be changed. It's the only constant thing in this world.
Ever have promises collide with your goals? Will you ever give up writing or stick to it? What are your current long-term goals?
I'm David, and Dad is great! Give us the chocolate cake!