December is a time of reflection for me. Sometimes, going back to see where I have been helps me better understand where I am. I found myself digging back into my writing archives, and rediscovered an old story that has been perpetually on the back burner, not quite forgotten but not getting any attention either – the novel this blog is named after, Life in Sixty-Four Square Feet.
The story follows thirty-five year old Bobby Bocks who embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Coming to terms with the failure to take charge of his own life thus far, he becomes determined to do something memorable. He leaves everything he knows behind to join an expedition to summit Everest, clear in the understanding that this is a dangerous undertaking but also aware that he is dying of an inoperable brain tumor, with less than a year to live.
I found a number of themes laced throughout the story and thought they were timely, considering the upcoming New Year, with new plans and resolutions.
Listed below are some of the quotes from Bobby Bocks that I thought were memorable but not particularly profound. They might read a bit like Jack Handey’s Deep Thoughts, but I liked them. Definitely a repetitive theme, here:
When you die, you will be put in a box. Don’t live in one, too.
The world does not need designer chop sticks.
Do not confuse having a career with having a life.
You are not the things you own.
Live your life like you are dying, because you are.
What are you waiting for?
Do not be a passive element in your own life.
Love someone completely.
Like I said, Jack Handey, but I liked them.
Reflecting on 2012, it’s been a lame year for me from a Writer’s perspective:
I drafted Undertaking Hartford and then proceeded to whine about how messy it is.
I published the anthology, It Didn’t Happen That Way – Untrue Stories, Vol. 1
I had three stories published on external sites.
That’s not much for a whole year. I got sloppy with my own writing habits, sometimes allowing myself the luxury of not writing, just because the words were not immediately there, ready to be recorded. That’s unacceptable, starting now.
Of the quotes above, my theme for 2013 is: What are you waiting for?
I must get sack to the wall and complete Undertaking Hartford, and if dear, patient Kate is still willing, will work with her on Monster Comes next. I’ve also told my son I was writing this one, so I need to knock it out. I want to shop Hartford around and see if an agent thinks it is worth their time.
OK, that is three pretty big things I’m setting as goals for 2013. That’s a start. Maybe, just maybe, I will get back to Life in Sixty-Four Square Feet and see if the market is warmer on the concept than it was a few years ago.
So tell me, how are your plans for the New Year coming?
No, really. Tell me.
© 2012, Mitch Lavender