Illegitimati Non Carborundum

by Steve on January 1, 2008

Latin-esque humor to crank up 2008. The loose translation is “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” Is it truly Latin? I doubt it. The Junior Officers Protection Association (JOPA) used to toss that phrase around and I dare say none of us knew any Latin. Seems an appropriate way to jump-start the old creative machine. I’ve allowed many things to get in the way of the book, and by proxy this blog, over the last few weeks and months. Time to clean house, get organized, and get back to it.

Tradition holds that this is the time of year to renew our efforts, commit ourselves to those goals that somehow have eluded us once again for yet another year. I’ve never been one to toss out resolutions in hopes that some might actually survive the post-holiday crash. However, I am going to make some commitments here that hopefully we will all benefit from in some manner (I’ll spare you from the personal ones that have no bearing on The Wood Shed).

I’ve enjoyed the effort in putting material out there for your entertainment. I gain from the exercise in that it helps build productive habits that carry over into the crafting of the novel. Writing can be the easiest, most enjoyable task and yet within a single 24 hour day it can degenerate into a terribly impossible feat. This creative outlet helps keep the ideas moving and the demons at bay. I haven’t been very consistent in posting lately and have been terribly lax in putting up additional material from the book. My apologies.

Here’s what you can look forward to in 2008:

1. Improved content in the form of in-depth pieces inspired by current events on at least a weekly basis. The usual sarcastic humor and fluff will be served when warranted.
2. Continued segments from the working title “On The Line” on at least a bi-weekly basis.
3. The book will be completed. Period.
4. The return of Moose.

I hope to grow my audience by making this column worthy of your time and praise. Comments are encouraged and if you really like what you find, pass it on!

Happy New Year to all… let’s make it a good one!

{ 1 comment }

Papa Ray January 5, 2008 at 19:07

In my long life, I’ve found that making resolutions sometimes stands in the way of actually doing them.

Of course, that is because I don’t like anyone telling me what I should do..including myself.

I always thought that authors/writers had to be a bit compusive and/or crazy in not so standard crazy ways. The best authors that I love to read seem to be those that can be counted on cranking out at least one book a year, sometimes more.

And they ain’t little thin books.

So, they must be workacholics, crazy or something, I know that by now they don’t do it for the money or fame, cause they have gobs of both already.

Beats me. But, do it how ever you can, to get what you want done, for whatever reasons that you have.

That is the American Way!!

Papa Ray

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