Every now and then everyone gets a niggling sense of dissatisfaction. The best advice I've found is also the truest advice. It is to change.
So here goes nothing:
- I need to start cooking again...not because I particularly love cooking, but because I love feeling great on the inside, and avoiding takeout by cooking my meals, means I get that feeling
- I need to write again. Sure I write on this blog, but, I haven't written a short story in two years. One of my favorite, most entertaining, nerve wracking and fulfilling classes in school was a Creative Writing class I took just for kicks. I need to dust off MS Word and put pen to paper again
- I need to start mine. I have a corner in my closet for my ideas. No kidding. It's a bunch of poster-sized sheets with ideas and (very very awful) business plans drawn up on a whole variety of things I think I want to do. I think of something. I write it down. I fold it in the corner. I go about my day. I need to go back and open each of those folded sheets and do something with them. I have the one I really love, but I'm too afraid to discover it's infeasibility, so I just let it sit in the corner of my mind.
The Plan: Each Weekend, at least 3 of my meals must be home cooked, at least 2 pages of a short story must be done, and at least one idea must be looked at again, culled, refined or just pushed forward that one tiny inch.
To keep myself accountable to the writing plan, here are some titles, sentences and snippets I've had in my head for the past years that I've just never drawn out into actual stories.
- Title: Old hands never lie
- Snippet: He was a bitter disappointment to his parents, but they were even worse disappointments to him
- Snippet: They were afraid to die in this place they worked so hard to get to
- Title: Pork belly
- Snippet: He was paralyzed by the choices he had, so he never moved
- Snippet: If only she was more beautiful
- Snippet: Are you sure he's a man?
- Starting Line (Children's story?): The rabbit knew he would one day end up in her soup pot, so he vowed to get as much of her in his soup pot as he could