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  • Goal Setting.

    Almost finished reading Cressida Cowell’s How To Train Your Dragon books with my kids, and now my self-imposed deadline is coming up fast. After some ideas for a children’s novel finally started coming to me recently, I boasted that I would soon begin reading them a rough draft of this yet-to-be book. As they love to be read to more than almost anything, I’m now getting daily reminders that we have to get cracking on this soon. Are children natural-born editors?

    Anyway, this has always been my method of setting goals and bringing them to reality; I bring up an idea as something I’d eventually like to do, I later mention that without the ‘eventually’ qualifier, later still I drop the ‘like,’ and finally reach the point where I’ve talked about the goal enough that I feel I can’t back out. All my major undertakings from books to cross-country moves progressed this way. And I guess I can get there with this by staying a chapter ahead of them.

    Also for no particular reason, every sentence of this post began with an A.

    Comments

    Comment from Joel Jenkins
    Time: February 24, 2012, 6:15 am

    Next post every sentence should start with B.

    I took a divergence from my usual pulp-inspired stuff and wrote a children’s story, Pirates of Mirror Land, which I read to my twins. One of them enjoyed it enough that she stole my manuscript and re-read it multiple times. She pointed out a few errors–but I wouldn’t recommend handing your children your manuscript and a red pen.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: February 24, 2012, 7:14 am

    That’s good advice! I’ve also been wanting to use my kids as a test audience so I can see what works and doesn’t.