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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole: Writing New Book

Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 24, 2015

Holy crap?!?! I didn’t realize I haven’t posted here for so long.  Sorry about that folks.  I’m currently down the rabbit hole of writing a new non-fiction book.  After struggling for a while, I finally got a workable angle on it and I’m roughly half finished (~38,000 words so far).  So yes, you get less posts in the short run as I get consumed by my project.

Working title is: Break the System.  So while I do touch on some similar topics as my first book, Free at 45, of financial independence and happiness, I widen the scope of this one considerably to bridging any large scale change to your life.  So weather it be shifting careers, changing your hobbies or following your crazy dream of your ideal life or even just retiring at 65, I want to help you make the change with this book.  You can see why finding a workable angle has been a problem for me. ;)

Just so you know, my writing process tends to go like this…lose myself brain dumping ideas, and writing parts of chapters for several weeks until I get close to a workable first draft.  Then I shift to edit mode and hack the crap out the first draft and cut back to the core ideas/chapters I want to include in the book.  For example, in Free at 45, I cut a full third of the chapters from the first draft (30 chapters) to the second draft (20 chapters).  I expect something similar this time around as I cut back on duplication or too much similarity between chapters and hack out those ones that don’t support the book that well.  Then after that I clean up the book a bit more I’ll be sharing it with a few people for some beta reader feedback.

I’ll keep you all in the loop as the book moves along and I’ll try to remember to actually write the odd post here as well.  Have a great summer.

Tim

 

Not Dead….Really

Posted by Tim Stobbs on April 2, 2015

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but real life has been sucking down my attention with a vengeance.  Work has been particularly busy and then my evenings and weekend have been consumed doing various kid related things and stuff that HAD to be done around the house.

The other particular things why I wasn’t writing is I have been going through a bit of deep hit of negativity around work lately.  So I did draft a few posts but most of them came out so negative and occasionally whinny about working that I couldn’t bring myself to hit the publish button.  It would have been like feeding you guys a steady diet of battery acid for posts.  Perhaps later I’ll clean them up and publish them, but for now they are going to spend some time in limbo.

That is perhaps the unstated risk of pursuing financial independence.  While having more money means you can put up with less bullshit at work, it also has the side effect it becomes easier to become disconnected from it as well.  So in my case, I got so disconnected that one day I realized I could have cheerfully piled up all the paper on my desk, toss on my laptop and cell phone and burned the entire mess.  Yes I was that apathetic about my job.

Actually it was so bad that one point I was seriously entertaining applying for a job with WAY less pay and worse hours just to have the novelty of doing something that I might enjoy.  I had gone so far to actually put together a resume and cover letter and in a moment of self reflection realized that I was just trying to run away from my current job situation…it wasn’t going to solve any long term issues.  Just trading one set of issues for another set so I didn’t put in the application.

Yet today is the start of a lovely five day weekend for me.  So I finally have some time to think about things and realize that I just need to put some energy into something that I can enjoy.  So I’m planning on expanding my wine making hobby to also include beer brewing.  I’ll likely write up a post on the process later on in the spring or summer.

So now that I’m back…any particular topics you want to hear about?  I’m taking requests.

Novel Writing

Posted by Tim Stobbs on November 6, 2014

Dear reader,

Yes I’m ignoring you.  It isn’t your fault, but rather my decision to try out being part of National Novel Writing Month.  The goal of the month is to finish 50,000 words of a novel from Nov 1 to Nov 30. So I’m writing a lot of material, just nothing on this blog lately.

I decided to dust off my 2013 attempt at the 3 Day Novel contest which was about 29,000 words already and see if I can add 50,000 to it over Nov.  The idea would be to have a full manuscript (~80K words) by the end of Nov.  If you would like to see how I’m doing, you can follow my process at my page on the site.  Please note I only update my progress at the end of each day and I’m only counting my progress this month.

I do plan to produce a few posts here this month, but not that many.

Take care,

Tim