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Some mistakes will be made along the way. That’s good. That means some decisions are being made. -Steve Jobs
X Marks the Spot is a story I had previously reviewed. I’d compared it to Goonies at the time, not knowing it would eventually become part of a larger universe.
I think the comparison still holds up for this particular story and I hope you’ll give it a listen. The podcast is free but I’d encourage you to support Scott by buying this or other short stories he’s written.
I’ll be reading more stories for Scott in the near future so be sure to subscribe to Scott’s podcast if you want to hear those stories as well.
X Marks the Spot is also available at Smashwords.com for 99 cents. Buy it today, read it over your lunch break and enjoy the memories that flood into your mind from an age of innocence and wonder.
X Marks the Spot
Ebook By Scott Roche
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: April 16, 2010
Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Words: 2205 (approximate)
I’ve found that when I blog is just as important as what I blog about. I’m not talking about timing the release of my blog articles, I’m talking about when I sit down to do my writing.
Content and timing are very important, especially if you’re not generating any “evergreen content” but writing when your brain is firing on all cylinders is crucial to staying motivated and writing great articles.
When I first started this little adventure I thought I’d sit down in the evenings and write articles for 30-45 minutes every day. Well, that hasn’t worked out. Why? I’m a morning person. I like getting up early because my brain seems to be more creative in the wee hours of the morning. Some of my best ideas come to me before 8 am. If you’re a night owl you’re probably thinking that I’m crazy and I think people who stay up till 2 a.m. are crazy.
Here’s my problem: I also like to stay up late and those two things don’t go together well. When I stay up late I’m generally doing thoughtless activities like watching t.v. or playing video games. I’m not doing anything creative. My brain just doesn’t work that way. Morning comes and I’m punching the snooze button like my life depends on it. I get up late (for me) rush out the door to work and my brain catches up with me.
Now I have a dilemma. Do I start writing down ideas with the hope of getting to it later or write a blog post while at work?
“I can do it on my break,” I often say to myself. 15 minutes turns to 30 and the next thing I know I’ve been blogging instead of working. I can’t expect my writing to succeed if I’m stealing from my employer.
So what’s the solution? Early to bed and early to rise, at least for me. I need to make sure I’m giving my employer 100% even if I feel like there are more important things I could be doing with my time. I’ll say it another way: Stop stealing from your employer. Ooh! That hurts. If you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to work.
What about you? Do you struggle with using your employers time for personal endeavors. If so, do you take that as a sign you need to find a new job or do you justify it. Leave your comments below.