Small Victories


“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” ~Princess Bride

I feel we can be honest with one another, right?

Life might not quite be ‘pain’ constantly, but it has a rather naughty habit of kicking you in the arse when you’re least expecting it.  How does one cope when life (or writing) knocks one to the ground?

I find celebrating the small victories, even when they require a microscope to see, is highly important.

One of my oldest,d earnest friends once gave me a great bit of advice when I was nineteen.  He said sometimes you have to create your own happiness until things get better.  Or put others wise, fake the happiness and eventually it will become real happiness.

Fifteen plus years later, I’m not completely convinced that wasn’t the numerous beers and rum & coke that he’d drunk that evening.

Either way, I sometimes find enjoying the small things in life helps it be a little less painful.  So here’s some examples of my small victories this week:

  • beans on toast.
  • the start of the new season for the British Premiere League.
  • deciding on a series title for Elaine.
  • updating my website.

So, what small victories can you celebrate?


*Film poster for The Princess Bride – Copyright 1987, 20th Century Fox

Oh Vile Betrayer

Replacements6Dear Noise-Cancelling Headphones,

Oh, how your betrayal hurts.

The agony of being stabbed in the back by my own possessions.  You yank me back into my chair when I stand.  Your sound distorts unreasonable.

Oh, the agony.

The pain.

I send you no love.

An Inconsolable Author

P.S. Bought a new pair. You’ve been replaced.

The Bucket List


I’m still on the fence as to whether I not I like the term Bucket List.  I heard someone once say they hated the term because they didn’t want to accomplish things ‘because they were going to die.’  I understand the sentiment.

We could just call it a life list.

Sounds trite.

In any case, my list has changed over the years since I wrote my first one at nineteen.  Items have been added, accomplished or just removed.  I think the first version had ‘meet Michael Crichton’ on it.  He was my favourite author at the time.

A few more highlights:

Things I’ve accomplished:

– Written/published a book.

– Started my own business.

– Traveled the world (at the time I meant to somewhere I’d never been, since I traveled rather extensively as a child.)

A few of the things I want to accomplish:

– Get a tattoo.

– Have a garden.

– Walk the John Muir Trail.

– Become fluent in a second language.  (I’ve dabbled in languages, can curse in multiple languages, but I’m not as fluent as I’d like to be).

How about you? Do you have a bucket/life list? What’s on it?  Have you actively tried to accomplish the things on it?